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Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby hasi » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:10 am

I am an enthusiastic new user of inkscape. This stuff is the future!
Anyway, my way to get started was not completely smooth. I have actually been looking for a forum like this for quite a while right now, and it took me a little to finally end up on this page. Admittedly, I did not take a pronounced effort in finding a forum, as I was expecting that this would be as easy as clicking on a link on the inkscape.org web page. Strangely, I cannot find a link to this forum on that web page. Am I missing something? If not, why is that? Only in the Dec 6 announcement there was a link to several forums, which is how I ended up on this site.
So my question is: why is there no link to this forum on inkscape.org? I suggest there should be one that is easy to find!
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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby hash » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:47 am

InkscapeForum.com IS an unofficial Inkscape forum. ;)

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby hasi » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:05 am

I suppose there is no "official" inkscape forum. Sounds sub-ideal. Thanks for the info anyway, hash.
I have now found that there is a link under Community/Discussions. That's probably as good as it gets under these circumstances.
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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby microUgly » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:43 am

hasi wrote:I have now found that there is a link under Community/Discussions.

There is? Oh, you mean the link to the wiki which lists various communities.

The official community discussion platform is the mailing list. Because I have a distate for e-mails I access the Inkscape mailing lists using Nabble which you might appreciate also.

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby brynn » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:41 am

Thought I'd reply with a link to my similar message a few months ago:
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=251
It contains some slightly different, helpful info.

Note the November 29, 2007 News item, maybe 3/4 down the Inkscape.org homepage. I know it's not the same as an entry in the navigation menu (along left side of screen near top), which would be more readily seen by folks like hasi and I. But it's a step in the right direction, imo ;)

In addition to the several reasons already cited, another just occurred to me. Even if all the links that were posted in the 11-29 News item, were placed in the left-side nav menu, I'm guessing it would task the already tasked volunteer force, to keep them current. Maybe not so much so for forums, but sites with tutorials tend to come and go, move domains, etc. And especially the sample images that go along with tutorials seem to get moved, so that all a reader sees is the little red x. From this point of view, it seems to me to make more sense that it's in the News section.

Anyway, for whatever it's worth -- fyi :D

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby hasi » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:27 am

I totally agree with brynn: having a link to http://www.inkscapeforum.com on the inkscape.org web page should be realized, imho.

The Nov 29 news item is already not on the current inkscape.org page any more. Instead, it has to be searched using "Browse the news archive". There *has* to be a better solution than this! After all brynn and myself do not prefer the concept of a mailing list over a forum. Personally I think both can be very important or even necessary, however they have different goals and strengths. Thus, one cannot be a full replacement for the other. Since both are already established and working in this case, what is the problem with linking to the forum from the inkscape.org page?
I suspect that many users would like to have a forum. I find that having a forum linked to the main page for an application as important as inkscape very natural. In fact, when I did not find such a link I believed that there was no forum. I did not even search for one using google because I could not imagine that there was a strong forum (this one) in existence without being mentioned on inkscape.org!
I cannot see any disadvantage in giving the users all possibilities of educating themselved about inkscape. This will attract more users to the application, keep more users happy with it. And having a wider acceptance of the program and a larger user base finally would help everyone, including the developers, wouldn't it?

Just my $0.02

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby microUgly » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:59 am

Linking this site from the main menu of Inkscape.org would be a very large endorsement of a forum that Inkscape.org neither owns nor controls. As Inkscapes popularity increases more forums will appear (look at how many forums there are for GIMP or Blender). Inkscape.org can't be expected to link all of them from their menu.

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby aqeeliz » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:01 pm

Hmm... There is a link for inkscapeforums.com on inkscape.org navigational menu, just below the mailing list link, in the community section. I don't know when it is added, but I just visited the site today after long time and saw the link there.

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Re: Link to this forum on inkscape.org?

Postby hasi » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:40 am

Wow, that is great! I just went there to see it myself. Superb! I am sure many will use it.


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