It's short, subjective and presents no great truths about the world
Drupal Answers is a quite popular destination for Drupal travellers built upon the stackexchange network of platforms and has been around and thriving for a long while.
This talk will reflect upon a year of using the platform, presenting important points of consideration for a Drupal developer, for a Drupal enthusiast and for the Drupal community at large.
To top it off there will be some musing on the probable conflict of interests with drupal.org as well as the case for synergism between the two.
It's a Q & A platform, community-driven and community-moderated
It builts on classical online-forum ideas and adds lots of gamification elements
Gamification is a wonderful way to "exploit" hobbyists and enthusiasts, to get them to work hard for you
There is no way to reward them in a material and direct way; you use the frame of an online game platform to motivate them instead
But, if that you is a we the following numbers should give you some joy and pride
Get more reports on: https://data.stackexchange.com/drupal/
It offers a recognizable status
It uses a positive reinforcement concept to constantly give feedback and reward your engagement
You can collect and/or award points as a member of the community
Gives you power (and responsibilities): You can upvote/downvote/ask/answer/award/edit/flag
It gives a sense of continuity and progress as it traces your activity
I grant you that; the notion of fun is purely subjective
It can be fun though to learn, educate, collaborate or even compete towards a common goal
The goal? Problem solving
So, I return the question: Can problem-solving be fun?
I personally like it!
It comes with rules and a sense of competition
You get even more competition through bounties
Plus, you need knowledge and skills and you need to hone them
And finally, time is ticking:
Because this is the place where you can post questions, and people will respond. And quite fast!
These people will help you formulate your question in the best possible way
The best answers will float atop, for your convenience
You get a reward too, for a good question that is
And how about you partaking in the miracle of collaborative knowledge base building? Wow!
Bonus points: Very extensive support material for site-builders
It can measure - to a certain extent - whether and in which ways Drupal is popular among CMS developers and users
It does allow you to monitor trends inside the community
E.g. how many questions for "twig+D8 in Q4 of 2016"" or "D9 in Q1 of 2017"?
But, most importantly. That beast is fed by the community itself, that is you.
So, you can take some pride in that.
Everything. Especially the redesign, it seriously hurts my eyes.
Okay, not the best joke really. :-)
drupal.org is great. But...
drupal.stackexchange is one though; a very finely groomed, trimmed, loved, community-powered Knowledge Base
It offers a very simple and effective Q & A structure for its documents.
Each document is actively and passionately curated as far as its metadata and conformance to the suggested structure and writing style goes.
This on its own is nothing you will find on drupal.org.
And its suuuuper useful on the long run; think quality
drupal.stackexchange made me more conscious about the actual content quality, e.g. an issue's description.
And got me vaccinated with some good habits:
Tip of the day: The d.o. issue queues is also a Knowledge Base, a bit more rough on the edges
Having trained users and editors working with it can improve the quality of that resource
Reading your watchdog/weeklyDrop/random-drupal-blogs regularly
Sprinting whenever possible, if you are the sprinter type
Participating in the issue queues on drupal.org
Asking/answering 4-5 questions a week on drupal.stackexchange
A präsentation by https://petrakis.design