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Is ROS answer able to join stackexchange?

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

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

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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.

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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
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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
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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, robotics.stackexchange.com is the general robotics platform in stack exchange.

Orhan gravatar image Orhan  ( 2016-08-16 07:32:16 -0500 )edit
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answered 2012-08-16 01:08:00 -0500

KruseT gravatar image

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

See

http://www.ros.org/news/2011/02/announcing-ros-answers.html

https://code.ros.org/lurker/message/20110208.182812.07530210.en.html

http://robotics-worldwide.1046236.n5.nabble.com/robotics-worldwide-Robotics-Stackexchange-td5706992.html

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 answers.ros.org 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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