My dear RAMLers,
As some of you might have realized already, we have done some changes to the RAML forum refactoring our categories. We hope that the new arrangement will remove some confusion around topics and where they should go, as well as minimize the number of categories to make it easier for you to decide what you’d like to look or create a new topic into. It is like going into a restaurant, and you need to decide which meal you’d like to have. Would you rather have a small menu with very chosen food or a large menu?
We also have other ideas to improve how the community can communicate with each other, actually learning from other practitioners, and discuss relevant topics.
Currently, the RAML workgroup provides multiple channels for you to use. There is this forum, a LinkedIn group, a few chat channels on Gitter for toolings and the spec, Twitter, RAML MVP program, E-Mail, and others. As you can see, there are quite a few. We are proud to have a dedicated group of individuals that help to moderate those channels, but there are just too many to provide you with the best possible communication in a more timely manner. Therefore, we decided to reduce the number of channels to a handful. For now, it is a suggestion, and we would very much appreciate your feedback. In the future, we are thinking to reduce our "official" channels to the following:
- Forum on raml.org
- Twitter @ramlapi
- Stackoverflow #raml
As the RAML workgroup and other individuals will continue to help to facilitate questions and to moderate the above channels (specifically Twitter and E-Mail), we obviously hope that the forum and Slack will turn out to control themselves, moderated by you; the RAML community.
About forum vs. Slack, we have heard some ideas from you individually that you’d like to have some possibility for instant (chats) vs. delayed gratification. Slack would give you that and more. Since Slack only stores the top 10k messages inside its archive using the free version, the forum is the perfect place to put in more stateful messages.
What happens to all the other channels? Most likely, we will close them. There is no point to continue with them without a certain level of maintenance and moderation.
Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but giving you the right channels to community and share experiences, ask questions, and more is our highest priority.