[rust-dev] Place for discussions

Brian Anderson banderson at mozilla.com
Thu Jul 31 15:15:33 PDT 2014

Here's the current state of official project support for various forums:

* discourse.rust-lang.org is for *discussion of the development of Rust 
itself*. It is maintained by Mozilla.
* r/rust is for user discussion. It is maintained by the community.
* rust-dev is for user discussion. It is maintained by Mozilla. It used 
to be for development discussion but none of the core developers like 
working there because the signal-to-noise is awful and it is unmoderatable.
* stackoverflow is ultimately where we want users to go for help.

Discourse is an *experiment* to see if it works better than mailing 
lists for having civil conversations. If it works, we may shut off the 
mailing list. It's not clear whether we would extend discourse to 
general Rust discussion or leave reddit and stackoverflow for that.

On 07/30/2014 06:08 PM, Tobias Müller wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm following rust for quite a while, but the discussions are more and more
> distributed between different places.
> The mailing list was probably first, then with more user attention reddit
> and StackOverflow, and now the discourse forum.
> I understand that StackOverflow and Reddit are more for users, not
> developers, but the discourse forum seems mostly redundant.
> What's the reason for that split? Is the mailing list deprecated? Which one
> is the future?
> I for myself prefer the mailing list because of the gmane NNTP service, I
> can use my usual usenet software and have all my forums in one place.
> Tobi
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