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Ghost_Mazal
April 13th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Lo Guys ,

I am in SA and a big fan of ubuntu.

I'm trying to find a good SA Ubuntu community forum. Came across this one , but doesn't seem very active.

You guys know of any good active SA community forums ?

drubin
April 13th, 2011, 04:51 PM
Hi Ghost.

And welcome! :)

http://ubuntu-za.org/get-involved would be a good place to start, the mailing lists are by far our most active resource irc is pretty active as well.

drubin

pinballwizard
April 13th, 2011, 05:32 PM
Yeah, it's all mailing lists and irc for the ZA Ubuntu crowd. I'm keen to get a ZA Forum off the ground. I have hosting space, and will do the necessary, what ya think? I'll mail the mailing list and see if peeps would be keen.

drubin
April 13th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Yeah, it's all mailing lists and irc for the ZA Ubuntu crowd. I'm keen to get a ZA Forum off the ground. I have hosting space, and will do the necessary, what ya think? I'll mail the mailing list and see if peeps would be keen.

Generally the community doesn't work well with forums. If they aren't using the ubuntu forums (the main section and this za section) they aren't going to use yet another forum that they need to sign up for.

I value your efforts but if you want to make the forums active I would suggest starting with these forms, or keep the existing stuff going.

Just my 2cents. :)

Ghost_Mazal
April 13th, 2011, 05:42 PM
I'd love to see more ZA people get into Ubuntu and get out of the Windoze slavery.

SecretCode
April 13th, 2011, 05:44 PM
As drubin says, the mailing list (http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-za) is by far the most active. It's pretty helpful.

You could even meet people in person ... Ubuntu 11.04 Release Party (Pretoria) | Ubuntu LoCo Team Directory (http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/team/864/detail/)

Ghost_Mazal
April 13th, 2011, 05:49 PM
I have just joined the mailing list and popped in on the IRC channel as well

pinballwizard
April 14th, 2011, 05:06 AM
Generally the community doesn't work well with forums. If they aren't using the ubuntu forums (the main section and this za section) they aren't going to use yet another forum that they need to sign up for.

I value your efforts but if you want to make the forums active I would suggest starting with these forms, or keep the existing stuff going.

Just my 2cents. :)

Yip. I hear you. I wonder it is though. For your average computer user, mailing lists and especially IRC are incomprehensible. They like a forum or some sort of social website. It's difficult to understand that the ZA ubuntu team want to promote ubuntu on the one hand, but make it so difficult for someone outside the group to interact in a way that they understand on the other.

Edit: Even being on the mailing list, you still get the feeling that a lot of the ZA guys are very clique-y. And if you don't go to loco meetings, or ubuntu hour coffee shop things, that you are not part of the cool kids.

Also, they will spend four days e-mailing each other back and forth over a question that could be answered by going to the first page of ABT on this forum.

I don't get how they want to get ubuntu more mainstream and user friendly with this narrow approach.

my 1cent.

pinballwizard
April 14th, 2011, 05:13 AM
As drubin says, the mailing list (http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-za) is by far the most active. It's pretty helpful.

You could even meet people in person ... Ubuntu 11.04 Release Party (Pretoria) | Ubuntu LoCo Team Directory (http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/team/864/detail/)

yeah, that's great, but we could be a group that goes beyond ubuntu only things. I mean some poor bugger asked for a windscreen wiper motor on the mailing list the other day, and boy did he get a bollocking. Now, I agree that the mailing list isn't the place to ask for that, but I almost garantee you that some ubuntu users, probably even ones on the mailing list, could have helped him, and if they would open up to a wider idea, there would be some value.

Also, it would be a lot simpler to direct a new ubuntu user to a website/forum that a mailing list.

another 1cent. That's it, I'm broke.

Funkey Monkey
April 14th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Also, they will spend four days e-mailing each other back and forth over a question that could be answered by going to the first page of ABT on this forum.


Gmail has a "mute" button.

Only discovered it yesterday, but it works like a charm.

PS: If we use this forum more, we could move the thread to the correct section and get more help from the international okes.

drubin
April 14th, 2011, 01:26 PM
Gmail has a "mute" button.

Only discovered it yesterday, but it works like a charm.

PS: If we use this forum more, we could move the thread to the correct section and get more help from the international okes.

Sure we could.

Just click the report button, It isn't only used for offensive stuff it can be used for getting moderators attention.