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Forum Promotion Ideas

Forum Promotion Ideas

From:
Steve Klabnik
Date:
2010-10-03 @ 19:11
Hey guys-

I'd like to start promoting the Hackety Forum as a good place for beginners
to ask any sort of programming question. If anyone has any thoughts on this,
or how to go about doing so, I'd love to hear them. I think we need a few
more stylistic updates before it'll be a really great place, but I think
it's reasonably usable now.

Steve

Re: [hacketyhack] Forum Promotion Ideas

From:
Peter Fitzgibbons
Date:
2010-10-03 @ 20:19
HI Steve,

My 2c.  I think the focus of building a Beginner's Community around Hackety
Forum will be primarily a PR effort.  The forum needs visibility to the
beginners entering the Hackety world (hacketyhack.org homepage!!)  The forum
also needs some level of commitment by the existing Hackety community to
peruse the forum on semi-regular basis.

Also consider wether the web-forum represents the lowest-effort entry point
for beginners?  This may be an age+computer-literacy question.  (I recognize
my own bias coming from a professional Google-oriented world.  The 8y.o.
learning on a safely-secured system may have little else available than
hacketyhack.heroku.com, or be simply unaware of how to go about email-list
participation. )

I don't think styling is that big a deal... even kids are already used to
looking past the styling of a site if the info is clear.
Maybe Forum Welcome topics to lead the way, especially a "Beginners Start
Here" topic that introduces the rest of the site.

As I review the homepage at hacketyhack.heroku.com, a beginner on any
platform would not immediately get how to install and run Hackety.  I guess
it would also be necessary to get Hackety to be showing "Beginners"
substance (Lessons?) at the get-go.

Well a lot do digest just there.
In sort, less style, more substance!!

Your thoughts?

Peter Fitzgibbons
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On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Steve Klabnik <steve@steveklabnik.com>wrote:

> Hey guys-
>
> I'd like to start promoting the Hackety Forum as a good place for beginners
> to ask any sort of programming question. If anyone has any thoughts on this,
> or how to go about doing so, I'd love to hear them. I think we need a few
> more stylistic updates before it'll be a really great place, but I think
> it's reasonably usable now.
>
> Steve
>

Re: [hacketyhack] Forum Promotion Ideas

From:
Steve Klabnik
Date:
2010-10-03 @ 20:25
>
>  The forum needs visibility to the beginners entering the Hackety world (
> hacketyhack.org homepage!!)
>

Yeah, you're probably right. The little 'forum' link won't exactly cut it.


>  The forum also needs some level of commitment by the existing Hackety
> community to peruse the forum on semi-regular basis.
>

Yeah. And I think email notifications should be put into place soon, so that
people don't have to worry about paying full attention.


> Also consider wether the web-forum represents the lowest-effort entry point
> for beginners?
>

This is something I'm really unsure about. I see forums being the easiest
way to begin, but I'm not 100% sure. I think mailing lists are harder to
follow.


> As I review the homepage at hacketyhack.heroku.com, a beginner on any
> platform would not immediately get how to install and run Hackety.
>

Truth. And it is a bit hard right now, with the .shy business... this is why
I think we need all-ruby shoes. :) That way it's one thing to download and
install.

But you're right, the pitch is a bit weak.


>  I guess it would also be necessary to get Hackety to be showing
> "Beginners" substance (Lessons?) at the get-go.
>

I plan on adding a little dialog the first time Hackety starts up that
points beginners straight towards Lessons.