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Codidact Collab - should it be listed?

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The drop down menu at the top right of each Codidact page shows a list of all the sites in the network. The list is also shown in the page footer, and on codidact.com.

There is also a site for people who work on the QPixel software that Codidact runs on, called Codidact Collab. However, this one is not included in the list of Codidact sites. Is this an intentional omission or would it be useful to include it, so that interested people can be more aware that there is support for contributing to QPixel?

I understand that not all Codidact users will be interested in this particular site, but the same is true of all the Codidact sites - very few people will be interested in everything on the list.

What are the reasons for and against including Collab in the list?

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That's a good question. We kept it separate because we didn't want to distract people from their primary focus, which we assumed would be on the communities here rather than the underpinnings. Collab is linked from the GitHub repository and we expected that to be the primary path in.

I don't have a strong opinion; it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I don't know of a reason we couldn't change it (though I don't know everything :-) ). We could also leave it the way it is and link it more prominently here, perhaps in the same part of the right column (on desktops) where we have the links for ads and donations.

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It's also a community, isn't it? (2 comments)
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Personally, I am not currently looking to learn Ruby and contribute to QPixel, but I am interested in occasionally browsing Codidact Collab to see what's happening.

I only discovered it through a link I happened to stumble upon, and was completely unaware of it before that. If it was included in the list of sites I would have started browsing it much sooner.

If there isn't any harm in including it in the list, I wonder if more people browsing it might eventually lead to more people becoming contributors, even if they were initially only browsing out of interest.

If browsing leads to trying out setting up the software locally, and that leads to questions about how to do so and common obstacles, then that provides more info for future contributors, even if the person asking the question is only setting it up out of curiosity (and doesn't become a contributor themselves).

I'd like to see Collab included in the list for this reason. It also wouldn't hurt that it would then be easier for me to get to the site from Codidact when I feel like browsing...

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For people looking for a route from here to there

For now, while Codidact Collab is not in the drop down list of sites, I've realised that Collab is included in the dashboard, which is available from the button at the top right of the page, between the help button and the notifications button, which looks like a 3 by 3 grid of squares.

The dashboard button in context

The dashboard page shows which Categories of which sites have new content, including Collab.

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