Hello Robotics Stack Exchange Meta,
I’m posting this here because I’d like some general feedback about potential processes and best practices for potentially migrating a large community to use the Robotics Stack Exchange. It’s not a particularly good question but I think this is the best forum to get suggestions from the community. I’ll try to track this and read through all the answers/comments as I hope that there won’t be just one answer to this.
At Open Robotics we host two different Q&A websites for the ROS and Gazebo projects, https://answers.ros.org and https://answers.gazebosim.org we are reviewing what the best hosting options are for our community and one of the ideas that we’re considering is migrating here to the Robotics Stack Exchange as the recommended place for our communities to ask questions. I’m planning to put together a proposal for the community for a path forward. What I’d like to find out from this community is what would be important to include in a migration proposal if we were to select to migrate to the Robotics Stack Exchange site?
There are many different elements to this process and there’s many different aspects to plan for. At this point I’m not looking necessarily for answers, but first reactions and areas of concert that I should make sure to address in my more complete proposal.
I’ll provide some background information for those less familiar with ROS and Gazebo answers. We have about 60k questions on the site with ~20 questions per day. We have over 1000 users with 100+ karma (It’s not a direct correlation to here but it’s similar.) Our daily active user base ranges from between 12k/day during the week and drops to 4k/day over the weekend.
I’ve been spending more time here and learning more about the ecosystem. The review processes are great and I’ve been working to understand the overall moderation process which is great.
With potentially ROS and gazebo joining the community I expect that we’ll want to update some of the FAQs etc to help guide the taxonomy more clearly and enable filtering. For example we require tagging the rosdistro and recommend tagging the relevant package. Is that something that we can improve guidance and prompts relating to? We also have some standard canned responses and guidance for questions to be reworded such as XY problem statements. What are the other things that we should pay attention to to make this as smooth as possible?
I’m also wondering what can we do to facilitate the migration process? Can we help get moderators elevated quickly to deal with an influx of new people asking questions? Is there ways that we can bring over some of the most frequently asked questions?
I’m also hoping that with the boost in users we’ll also be able to elevate robotics out of the Beta phase where it’s been for a while. There are also alternatives such as making separate area 51 proposals for ROS and or Gazebo or a combined Robotics Software but being able to simply retag things instead of telling people to go to another site seems like it will be less friction for the whole community. There’s also been a worry that ROS users would overwhelm this community. But I hope that the ROS users can also interact with all the other topics as the ROS users are also roboticists and can interact with the other aspects of this category as well.
Thanks for your thoughts.