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Was reading this Post and I certainly agree with the general differences like open source and non-profit that differentiate Codidact.

But the Community vs Repo point leaves some questions. Sure each Site/Community here is ultimately the masters of their own destiny, but where are new comers supposed to learn the different social and community rules established in each site? Does one site allow duplicates and another vehemently close them? What if the current cooking site community just decides they won't talk about meat now. Are we to set up a new one that can?

Some of these examples are rough; but communities aren't under a general vision so the only vision left will be the people at the helm of those communities. That will ultimately mean change and volatility of purpose.

Why should this post be closed?


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I agree; we need to help communities communicate clearly about their norms, particularly to newcomers. Each community has a "FAQ" or "introduction" topic in the help that moderators can edit, and moderators can create other help topics. Electrical Engineering has built out a body of site-specific help, for example.

But help isn't necessarily visible. New users are invited to take a tour, which is the same on all communities, but perhaps we can have that end with some moderator-editable next steps or help links. And perhaps every anonymous visit (that is, not from a signed-in user) should offer a "welcome" message with a link. One of our design goals is contextual guidance; when you're trying to do a thing, that's the place to see help about doing that thing. We should apply that principle to the site as a whole and offer some sort of contextual guidance to visitors -- ideally positive, more "please do X" and less "we forbid Y", to draw people in.

These are just rough ideas; we have aspirations, but none of this is designed or built yet. If you (anybody) have ideas about how/where to provide this information, please post on Meta (either answers here or separate feature proposals, depending on what works better for whatever you have in mind). Thanks!


Anonymous new-user visits can already have a dismissible message displayed, just needs someone to write it and send it to an admin to apply. ‭‮edoCfOtrA‭ about 1 month ago

I suggest we at the least separate out the site content and codidact content, I had a look and didn't realize that one of those topics wasn't just "codidact in general" at first (checked on Writing) under the Help menu we have: Answer scoring and ordering, Categories and post types, Codidact search options, and Formatting Posts. Those four topics are codidact general topics. The fifth topic is Writing FAQ. ‭Culyx‭ about 1 month ago


We should hope that different communities have different moderation standards. On SE it was a huge problem that users started applying the standards from one community onto others. The majority of new users came from SO - a site with fairly strict moderation and zero tolerance against subjective topics. Then from SO they "spilled over" into the other communities and started applying the same strict moderation policies there. But by their nature, those other communities often discussed much more subjective and fuzzy topics than a site focused on practical engineering.

I think Codidact as whole should only state the general Terms of Service/Code of Conduct, but otherwise leave it to each site to decide how they should moderate content.


I fully agree, but we still need to facilitate sharing those different standards across numerous sites. A patch work may feel more free to those that understand the boundaries but moderation may feel strict to people that start to check out other communities and start getting punished for activity that was perfectly fine in their original community ‭Culyx‭ about 1 month ago

I agree with both of you: communities should be able to set the norms that work for them, and these norms need to be communicated clearly so people don't stumble over the differences. ‭Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

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