If anybody thinks that forums are a good idea, post a reply here. If this section goes long enough with no replies, we'll get rid of it. "Long enough," obviously, being an arbitrary time measurement of my own devising. /dev1
Are you guys interested in forums?
For general things/announcements, the CMS and FB should be perfect. Usually, you put a teaser/blurb about it on FB, and link to here. If you have the stats module installed (I think it is by default on Drupal) you can see just what kind of interest you get by looking at the clickthru's (IIR, Drupal also has referrers, so you can see how much traffic comes direct from FB, or other sources)
As far as the forums go, I'm not sure how Drupal handles them, I ended up dumping Drupal and going back to Firefly because Drupal didnt make much sense to me, but you may want to make a Members only, and an Admins only board. You can use this area to record meeing minutes, or post general ideas for the group to work on. Also, if you're planning on holding events for the public, you'd have to assume that SOME of them may find their way here, and while 'm sure you wouldnt mind them joining, you may not want them to have access to the entire site.
Just my 2 cents though, I'm more used to video game guilds/clans than anything like this :)
I use forums for a lot of things. I wouldn't object to using them for this too. It's a good way to get a lot of info in one place.
That's enough for me. I'm going to use the forums as a primary converstation starting now.
I wrote all the stuff below this line... before realizing that I'm replying to you as if this were a forum.
Seems to me that if that we've already got a pretty good solution right here, no?
What can forums provide that I'm missing in this feature of Drupal?
############################ I like the notion of forums, but seeing as there's so little "saying so" going on... something must be competing with forums.
Facebook?Maybe there's just a lot of "feeling out" of the idea where people don't feel they have to comment yet?Maybe the email list is enough?
I think none of these things is an adequate substitute for forums, but that's just me.
I'll be looking to this page (well, the main page of this site, anyhow) for news of events / gatherings / decisions made. If the forums contain the process of how decisions are made, then they have value.
On the Main Page:
Tonight's event : Squidwrench crew meetup - Tonight we must decide on an official beverage, and propeller beanie configuration (2blade classic, 3 blade contemporary, or side mounted VTOL). Meeting minutes in the forums "HERE(link to wiki minutes page)", discuss it further IN THE FORUMS(link to forums).
And there in the forums are the topic primers for the beverage decision and the propeller beanie decision. The wiki can do most of this already, but does not have the "back and forth" of a conversation. If asynchronous conversation is something valuable to a project / thinking process, then I'd hate to miss a chance to have it.
The biggest "con" against forums is ill tempered, un-gentlemanly behavior. Being a forum constable is not something I myself aspire to as a life experience, not sure who feels differently.
Even though I always wanted tips for buying a pontoon boat, that [censored] had to go. *grumble, grumble* Where's that 'moderated forum posting' button...
Thor? Buddy? You're the only one who can stop this..... unfortunately I get emails when people post. My entire inbox is full of Re: Are you guys interested in forums? :(
I've turned off the ability for non-"member" users to post here, I think. Hopefully this will curb the spam long enough to figure out a proper solution.