So, I’ve been working on a little personal project that aims to be a StackOverflow like site for the Crystal ecosystem. I posted on the Discord asking if this would be useful.
One option brought up by Blacksmoke was to add a tag plugin and use :Discourse Solved (Accepted answer plugin) - plugin - Discourse Meta in this Discourse form.
But, I find the forum to be a bit unintuitive for purposes outside of language specific discussions. Any other topics don’t seem to get as much attention. And searching for answers can be quite difficult, at least in my experience. Especially for shards!
So, my project aims to be similar to StackOverflow/Quora nut specifically for the Crystal ecosystem. Users can author their own Crystal related questions, tag them by subject (ex: Crystal, Lucky, Kemal, HTP, etc), choose the best answer, earn points(coming soon) and more!
Personally, I prefer to separate the two. Having them separated means they each serve a unique purpose. Forum = discussing Crystal, q/a site= ask questions/answer queestions/search for solutions
The question site encompasses the entire Crystal ecosystem (language, shards, frameworks, etc.), gives a central location to look for fixes, makes the content easier to search through (as discussions and other random topics will not have to be filtered through), and provides an additional Crystal resource built with Crystal technologies.
If the app grows to a decent size, it will become an excellent place to find answers and get help to things you’re stuck on.
Below is a preview of my app. Note: most are outdated or still under heavy development
Q&A app or forum only?
- Q&A site inspired by StackOverflow/Quora
- Forum only