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Talk:Vote to Replace Google Groups with Discourse Forum

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Why does the cost need to be specified? It sounds like something that could fit in the CTO budget. [[User:Skm|Skm]] ([[User talk:Skm|talk]]) 10:15, 22 September 2017 (CDT)
:Just a placeholder for the vote at the moment. I haven't audited the budget to see if we need to allocate money, but it would be an unplanned expense. --[[User:Rtystgeeke|Rtystgeeke]] ([[User talk:Rtystgeeke|talk]]) 11:09, 22 September 2017 (CDT)
 
== moderation features ==
 
There is concern on the mailing list about how moderation would be different compared to Google Groups, and I am providing some references for Discourse here. I am not familiar with how moderation works on Google Groups because I have never done moderation for any google group. My impression of groups is that it is all or nothing, which seems awkward to me.
 
Things Discourse moderators can do
 
* [https://meta.discourse.org/t/discourse-moderation-guide/63116 Discourse Moderation Guide] has subcategories including:
** Poor title (moderators can edit titles)
** Off-topic digression (moderators can move posts to a new or existing topic)
** Duplicate topic (moderators can move posts to the duplicated topic)
** Heated, difficult, non-productive discussion (complicated stuff)
* [https://meta.discourse.org/t/description-of-various-user-states-in-discourse/35171 Description of various user states in Discourse]
 
Things Discourse users can do
 
* have different [https://meta.discourse.org/t/what-do-user-trust-levels-do/4924 trust levels]. (I think for the discourse experiments we set trust level for people logging in from member accounts to higher than +1 but I can't remember.)
* "Like" a post (there is no down-voting)
* Flag a post (by default, users with trust-level +1)
** [https://meta.discourse.org/t/what-are-flags-and-how-do-they-work/32783 What are Flags and how do they work?] (posts can be marked as off-topic, inappropriate, spam, something else)
** [https://meta.discourse.org/t/so-what-exactly-happens-when-you-flag/275/3 So What Exactly Happens when you "Flag"?]
** If a post is flagged by more than 3 (the number is a setting) users of trust level 1+ (this is also a setting) it is collapsed and someone browsing the forum has to click to expand it. See page for example.
 
When we played with Discourse before, I thought it would be nice to have moderators per categories. For example, if we had a python category it would make sense to have people who run the python groups be moderators only in that category but not in a category like hot metals. People want the feature but it [https://meta.discourse.org/t/add-moderator-for-specific-category-or-subcategory/35761/5 does not exist yet]. (I haven't been hosting PYOO for a while now, and I wouldn't want to be a moderator for anything else. too much work to triage whether something is off-topic, spam, mean, etc). [[User:Skm|Skm]] ([[User talk:Skm|talk]]) 13:40, 25 September 2017 (CDT)
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