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Is ROS answer able to join stackexchange?

asked 2011-12-17 17:18:10 -0500

sam gravatar image

updated 2011-12-17 21:55:15 -0500

AHornung gravatar image

Because I can use stackexchange's function to see message on whatever board.

If ROS answer can join them, I can receive notice message on any of stackexchange board.

Thank you~

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answered 2011-12-18 06:37:48 -0500

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No, OSQA/Askbot is not compatible with Stackexchange.

If you are explicitly looking for a Robotics QNA site on Stackexchange, Robotics Research is in the commitment phase of it's launch currently. It is not a ROS community like this one is, but a more general robotics QNA hosted on stack exchange.

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Is there any way to suggest them to fix this uncompatible? If yes,this way will also attract more people to use stackexchange.
sam gravatar image sam  ( 2011-12-18 12:31:16 -0500 )edit
I don't think there is any fix to this. Some people just don't agree with the way that Stack Exchange works, and want more control over their communities. I don't think that it is a high priority for either OSQA/Askbot or Stack Exchange to add this feature.
mjcarroll gravatar image mjcarroll  ( 2011-12-19 01:17:19 -0500 )edit

What's the big difference between both? From my user point of view they do the same thing - I can ask questions and people answer. I also think adding the ROS Q&A to stack exchange would be a good idea!

bit-pirate gravatar image bit-pirate  ( 2012-07-04 14:29:26 -0500 )edit

Now, is the general robotics platform in stack exchange.

Orhan gravatar image Orhan  ( 2016-08-16 07:32:16 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-08-16 01:08:00 -0500

KruseT gravatar image

updated 2012-08-16 01:27:11 -0500


Some reasons that would make it hard / bad to migrate:

  • Unless there is an undocumented fast-track, we'd need to suffer through the area 51 staging zone, where we cannot have our own css styles etc.
  • Effort to migrate existing Questions and answers to a stack-exchange ROS site and make sure user accounts in match user accounts in stack exchange and also keep URLs for questions remain the same (such as used for marking duplicates).

  • External hosting downtimes cannot be fixed by ourselves

  • External hosting means we have less control over our data
  • stackexchange is not open-source, while askbot is, and the ROS community prefers to foster open-source projects to closed-source
  • it is easier to get customizations by Askbot maintainers
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