There have been several threads on ROS-Users looking for ways to improve our communications. There have been requests for topics on the mailing list as well as the archives are not browsable or searchable.
After reviewing many options and talking to other projects we have found that Discourse seems to be a good mechaism for facilitating dicussions within open source communities.
We have setup http://discourse.ros.org for the ROS community. However now we have an empty forum with no users and no experience administering it.
From learning about other projects migration experiences, it is usually a good idea to start with a subgroup of the community and slowly migrate existing services over. It’s easier to coordinate and learn at the small scale and those lessons can then be transferred to new members as more and more topics get converted to the new forum.
Unfortunately some group has to be the first adopter and I’m asking that you, the ros-sig-java, be the first group. Ernesto has recently become more involved in rosjava and is hoping to build up some momentum and I hope you will be interested enough to join the conversations he’s already started and will be continuing to instigate. And at the same time try out the new forum.
For a migration path we have already setup fowarding from http://discourse.ros.org/c/rosjava to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is likely how you got this message, and expect to make the mailing list read only soon to “encourage” people to switch to the new forum.
Please take a few minutes to checkout the discourse server and provide any feedback.