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Thread: Forum Overcrowding/Tidying Up

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    Default Forum Overcrowding/Tidying Up

    I don't know about the rest of the community but I feel the forums are a little overcrowded which doesn't help with finding answers and knowing where to post questions, so I propose some tidying outlined below:


    General Forums
    • About Pentaho
    • Agil BI
    • Community Discussions
    Community Events
    • Development Sprints(hidden from general public, lots of questions seemed to get asked here for no real reason)
    • Project News
    • Feature Requests
    • Solution Exchange(Delete, the idea is good but it serves no real purpose)
    Testing
    BI Server and Platform
    • BI Server and Platform
    • Installation Issues(Merge with BI Server and Platform)
    • Action Sequence Editor
    Reporting
    • Pentaho Reporting Classic
    • Pentaho Reporting (0.9)
    • Reporting Designer and Wizard
    • WAQR
    • Other Reporting Engines
    Analysis
    • Mondrian
    • Mondrian Mailing List(Keep in forums but remove from front page if possible)
    • Pentaho Cube Designer
    • New Analysis Client Tools(Move to Community Projects)
    Data Integration
    • Pentaho Data Integration
    • Metadata
    • Kettle Mailing List(Keep in forums but remove from front page if possible)
    Dashboards
    • Pentaho Dashboards
    • Dashboard Designer(Remove until such a thing exists)
    Data Mining
    • WEKA
    Community Projects (Move all sub forums off the front page)
    • Maven
    • JBoss Rules
    Workflow
    • Pentaho Workflow(Remove from forums)
    Documentation
    • Documentation(Remove from forums)
    Internationalization
    • Put your favourite language here(Keep but move off the front page)
    Pentaho Blogs
    • Put your favourite blogger here
    Ok so there are my ideas to try and make the forums less cluttered and easier to navigate, what do you guys think?

    Cheers

    Tom
    Last edited by bugg_tb; 07-31-2008 at 08:53 AM.
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    100% agree.

    On the case of the bi platform, I'd merge everything into one. The actionsequence subforum is hardly used at all.

    Lot's of forums make user post on the wrong places, most of the time
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    I think it's a good idea - I'd like to see more comments from the community.
    What do you think?

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    I agree!

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    Default Same here

    Yeah. I have to admit ive lost much hope with the forums recently because of the mess.

    A cleanup is a great idea.

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    I have one comment about bugg_tb's proposal:

    Internationalization (Keep but move off the front page)

    The head of the forum says "Discussion for * members to participate in translation".
    The Internalization sub-forums (in particular the Spanish and French ones) are quite active, but the 99% of the posts have nothing to do with translation. They are regular forums, not written in English but in other languages. So I propose give them the right name, or create separate forums, one for each language.

    Another comment:

    Metadata - I thougth that the metadata was used exclusively for the ad-hoc reporting.
    If so, why the metadata forum is in the data integration Category, and not in the reporting one? That confuse me. Maybe I'm not understanding the purpose of the metadata forum.

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    Well there is a distinct difference between WAQR and Metadata, i see where you're coming from but I'm not too sure. About the international forums I agree, but at the same time there's about 1000 different languages listed and whilst some are used daily, some have never or very rarely seen a post.

    Anyway thanks Maria glad to see you taking part in my little survey

    Tom
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    What is meant by Action Sequence Editor? Do you mean Design Studio?

    Perhaps a different layout, I believe more closely aligned with the products could be as follows:

    Reporting
    - Report Designer
    MetaData
    - MetaData Editor
    DesignStudio
    Data Integration
    Modrian
    - Schema Workbench
    Open BI Server
    Dashboards (I'd keep as there is always alot of activity around this - partly because this functionality is not robust)


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    Last edited by Peter Schmidt; 08-19-2008 at 03:16 PM.

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    As bugg says Metadata isnt exclusive to waqr. It's now used across the whole platform... So I can see good reason to keep them separate - but only if the number of posts is enough.

    However I agree that it doesnt really sit under data integration. Probably should be under platform.

    Of course there'll always be scenarios where people can't identify whether a problem is in waqr or in the metadata itself, or even in the reporting engine.
    Last edited by codek; 08-20-2008 at 04:13 AM.

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    Default cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by hazamonzo View Post
    Yeah. I have to admit ive lost much hope with the forums recently because of the mess.

    A cleanup is a great idea.

    Harris
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