One positive aspect of using this forum over Slack is that it helps with answering code-related questions. Once the question is asked, it doesn’t disappear in Slack history, and can be searched for later on.
One potential negative aspect is that some of these questions might be a good fit for StackOverflow. If the community starts to use this forum to handle questions, they will not be asked on StackOverflow, which is much more visible to the broader developers community. As a side-effect, it might end up giving the impression that there are no F# questions on SO, which can be seen as a sign that there is no F# activity overall.
My question is the following:
- Should we encourage people to ask questions on StackOverflow instead of here? When is a question a better fit for one vs. the other?
- Can we have a hook that surfaces questions tagged F# either here or on Slack? Historically, getting quick answers to questions on SO hasn’t been an issue, but we could possibly make that even better by giving questions visibility either here or on Slack.