Re: Make a "Serious" forum
Open source software is social software. People collaberate. People are interested in each other. A purely tech-support message board is different from a forum.
You can hardly discuss things such as for example, open source software at the workplace without a political discussion ensuing.
It is very hard to draw the line in between what is politics and what is not.
The fact is, Ubuntu is the most popular linux distribution today because it is community-focused. No other distribution gives away free cds to everyone. No other distribution has an open a development process as Ubuntu (other are following suit-open Suse). No other distribution has a community council. No other distribution has a development team who only hold open meetings. Even Debian has a debian-private mailing list. Ubuntu doesn't.
It has been said that you cannot manage a forum within such an open spirit. People point to the Gentoo forums and how some of the topics in the equivalent off-topic forum give their tech support forums a bad reputation. I think that is crap. Just ask anyone here.
It's all about us, the community. You cannot compare the communities around other linux distributions like Gentoo to the Ubuntu community.
I lost a "z". Anyone seen it around here?