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I’m happy to announce that I just launched a new site: LinuxExchange
LinuxExchange is “StackOverflow for Linux and Open Source” and is built on the StackExchange platform. That means it’s a collaboratively edited question and answer site about Linux and Open Source with a workflow somewhere between the forums of LinuxQuestions.org and the Mediawiki-based LQ Wiki. We’re still in a sort of BETA mode, but the site is live and a few people have already signed up and are asking/answering questions. We considered launching this under the LQ brand but in the end decided that the paradigm of this site was sufficiently different that having an LQ instance would be confusing and possibly counterproductive.
As always, feedback is welcome. It’s going to be interesting to see how LinuxExchange progresses and grows. I haven’t launched a new site in a while and am used to things being at LQ-scale, so starting from zero should be a challenge. I’m also looking forward to seeing what lessons we’re able to learn and then apply to LQ.
oh... I just logged in to LQ from another box and occasionally saw a new link... I usually don't go to mainpage, keeping only forums I read open. Looks like I'm in place at the right time
I see some LQ most active members & moderators already registered there Greetingz!
LE is separate from LQ - the only thing that is the same is that they are owned by the same person. As we are all loyal LQers, Jeremy has publicised it to us, but there is no need to go there if you find that LQ does what you need. But, for people unhappy with forums, LE is there.
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
Originally Posted by teebones
i think it confuses people more, by using two same type of sites. (only displayed differently)
namely Discussion based question/answer system.
LQ is one
LE is another, by the same person.
What is the benefit of LQ'ers going to LE? or vice versa?
The questions and answers are now spread accross 2 sites, how convient to the enduser. (especially newcomers, required to hop from one site to another and back.. i don't see the benefit at all)
it should be EITHER LQ or LE, not both as it is now.
Or the same site on both domains, and combined (meaning threads are displayed if prefered as LE does now, or as LQ does, the enduser can choose)
They're actually not both discussion based, which is a big part of why the decision was made. LQ is forum-based, and is therefore conversational. Non-Q/A topics are very acceptable here and the forum paradigm is well understood. LE (where LQ accounts do not work, also part of the decision) is not conversational. Non-Q/A topics and formats are not permitted and the paradigm used there is new and not well understood. I'm still open to feedback, but in the end I think not using the LQ brand was probably the correct decision for both LQ and LE.
For those that speak of confusion, they seem to forget that there is also linuxforums.org and other sites like this one - now that is confusing. There doesn't seem to be anything like this yet, and it is definitely a format worth giving a try. It may turn out to be a much needed innovation for people searching for Linux answers. I can see why a Wiki wouldn't fullfill a need here, and why this could potentially be more attractive to some than a sea of threads... but only time till tell what this new hybrid will grow into.