[mapserver-dev] Adding stackexchange to our support channels

Stephan Meißl stephan at meissl.name
Mon Oct 7 11:07:47 PDT 2013

+1 I guess adding a reference on our website doesn't do any harm and I
just created an account.


On 10/04/2013 11:46 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
> +1. Sounds like a good idea to add SE as an extra resource, and
> gis.stackexchange.com may be a better fit. This is what the QGIS website
> points to for instance.
> Daniel
> On 13-10-04 6:32 AM, thomas bonfort wrote:
>> Hi MapServer Users and Power-Users,
>> As FrankW pointed out during our FOSS4G presentation, I would like to
>> propose that we add stackexchange as an "official" support channel for
>> MapServer. You can check and subscribe to mapserver related questions
>> here: http://stackexchange.com/filters/90617/mapserver
>> Why?
>> - Stackexchange questions and answers are very well referenced through
>> search engines, which would avoid recurring questions from being
>> brought up on the mailing list
>> - The answers get up or down-voted by the community, allowing a user
>> to immediately flesh out relevant information for a given question
>> - Asking a question on stack-exchange might help new users to seek for
>> help, instead of having to subscribe and post to a public mailing list
>> (which can be intimidating)
>> How?
>> - By referencing stackexchange in our "getting help" documentation
>> section
>> - Most importantly, by having MapServer power users subscribe and
>> participate to the stackexchange questions, providing answers or
>> upvoting correct existing answers.
>> Users, is this something that you would find beneficial?
>> Power-users, would you be willing to participate to another support
>> channel, knowing that in the long run the aim is to reduce your
>> workload as the most common questions will answer themselves ?
>> PSC, should we have some kind of motion to vote and officialise this?
>> best regards,
>> Thomas

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