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Locating relevant information and figuring out where to ask questions about Sakai can be a challenge for newbies, sometimes even for seasoned Sakai veterans as well. To help improve the situation we plan to reduce the number of general discussions to a more manageable collection targeted at specific Sakai audiences (e.g., developers, instructors, researchers, user support, system administrators). These "forums" will be created mostly by aggregating the low-traffic Discussion Groups with related, higher-traffic sites (e.g., DG: Development, a.k.a. sakai-dev); or, for very topic-specific Discussion Groups, conversion to Working Groups.

The forums are a place for folks to ask questions of their peers who are most likely to have similar interests and developed similar experiences using Sakai. Posters should not feel limited, however, to just their "own" forum; indeed, many folks these days wear multiple hats and will feel comfortable participating in more than one forum. If you're not sure where to post a question, there is always the Open Forum, whose participants can help direct you to the right place to post your question, if not answer it outright.

Below please find the mappings of existing Sakai Discussion Groups to their new Sakai Forums. These groups will continue to have both a Collab Site (mostly for email list service) and a Confluence space (mostly for wiki-style documentation and discussion).

Forum

Discussion Groups (DGs)

Forum Description

Open

DG: Open Forum

This is the place where the Sakai Community can meet and talk about anything from technology to politics to funny Sakai stories. Even a little debate on some topic or another is OK. The only guideline is to be respectful of the other members of the group.

Announcement

DG: Announcements

News and announcements of general interest to the Sakai Community will be posted here. Review the Schedule for upcoming events. Resources include development documents, Sakai Newsletters and Videoconferences, and Presentations and Demonstrations.
The hope is that this group will average a few messages per week so as to not overwhelm people's inboxes. If you only join one list in Sakai this is the right list to join. If you have any questions as to what is appropriate to announce to this list, send a note the Site Contact for this site.

Pedagogy

DG: Pedagogy
DG: Assessment Tools

A place for professors, lecturers, instructors, teachers, etc. to ask questions, share best practicies and discuss the pedagogical uses of Sakai.

Researcher

DG: Research

A place for reasearhers, collaborators, etc. to ask questions, share best practicies and discuss the use of Sakai to support collaobration on research projects.

Library

DG: Library & Repositories

A place for folks to ask questions, share best practicies, and discuss the use and integration of Sakai with library resouces

User Support

DG: User

A place for user support folks to ask questions, share best practicies, and discuss supporting users of Sakai.

Developer

DG: Development
DG: Content and Authoring
DG: Enterprise
DG: Portal
DG: Web Video and Audio Tools

A place for designers, developers, evaluators, etc. to discuss and share information on the development of Sakai.

User Interaction

DG: User Interaction

 

Advocate

DG: Strategy and Advocacy

 

The following general groups and Discussion Groups were indentified as being very topic-specific in appeal and goals and are being converted to Working Groups.

Original Group

New WG

DG: European Sakai Community (EUROSAKAI)

WG: European Sakai

DG: I18N & L10N (I18N)

WG: I18N & L10N (I18N)

DG: Migration (MIG)

WG: Migration (MIG)

Documentation (DOC)

WG: Documentation

Management/Project Coordination (MGT)

WG: Project Coordination

DG: Portfolio (PORTFOLIO)

WG: OSP

DG: Production (PROD)

WG: Production

DG: Commerical Affiliates (DGSCA)

WG: Commercial Affiliates

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  1. I like this plan. I'd vote for combining the UI and User DGs into one Ux, User Experience forum. This idea came up at the U-Camp in Atlanta as well.