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Should there be a forum-like place for the Codidact network?
I would like to propose a place on the Codidact network where one can informally talk with other members of the network in a slower paced setting about off-topic stuff (for example movie recommendations, politics, gaming and whatever else someone has a desire to talk about).
In this case, a slower paced setting refers to something that's not a real-time chat but rather something similar to a classic forum / bulletin board. Why that? So that people who can't join a chat regularly or only have time here and there can still connect with other members of a community. Additionally, a forum is a better tool for (lengthy) discussions while a chat primarily serves the purpose of (short-term) information exchange. (Yes, discussions can and do happen there aswell, however, oftentimes these disappear in the backlog when something new is written so that they can't be accessed / continued well in the future.)
According to the Codidact vision, the project aims to put the community first which is a good thing (and most likely for a lot of people a motivation to contribute here). There also is this important bullet point:
A way for community members to interact informally, strengthening the bonds within the community -- because communities are made out of people, and people need to have the option to get to know each other.
Different interaction modes help to achieve this goal as a whole. Communication isn't based on one medium but rather on a lot of different ones, slow ones, fast ones, ones without exchanging words at all (touching and feeling in real life) and so on.
I think that a forum-like place for off-topic stuff would complement the existing chat on Discord nicely as forums, at least in my opinion, enable one to jump into the community more easily than chats. (Before posting, you can read what other like-minded people are talking about right now, or you can just read threads to get a feeling what kinds of users are there.)
What do you think of a forum-like place for the network?
It's really an interesting question because before discussing meta affairs, you must have defined meta affairs - which in itself invites a lot of discussion as to what a meta affair is :D ↩