[Distutils] Improving Communication

Steve Piercy - Website Builder web at stevepiercy.com
Sun Apr 22 16:58:06 EDT 2018

My first impression of Zulip was "this feels like Slack".  It is 
visually busier than Discourse, and I had a harder time 
understanding context.  I had to step up the font twice to read 
it.  I couldn't find how to hide the user list.  I felt lost.  
Based on my first impressions, I probably wouldn't engage via Zulip.

I had a negative first impression with Discourse, too, as "yet 
another forum software", but it grew on me.  Dozens of UX 
details were done just right, like "I wonder how I can do this 
thing... oh, there it is!".  Or it could have been the Plone 
community is engaging, or a wealth of information already 
existed by the time I joined.


On 4/22/18 at 1:19 PM, web at stevepiercy.com (Steve Piercy - 
Website Builder) pronounced:

>I am an email and IRC recidivist.  I have to admit that ever 
>since I joined the Plone community forum which uses Discourse, 
>I have been more engaged with that community than I would have 
>otherwise.  I can choose which topics interest me, forget the 
>rest, and explore things that might interest me at some point 
>in the future.  It also has a wealth of information easily 
>searchable and accessible.
>I noticed that my wireless carrier uses Discourse as well, and 
>I've found it exceptionally helpful to solve my phone problems 
>quickly, compared to the phone manufacturer's craptastic help experience.
>I haven't tried Zulip yet, but I just signed up to compare it to Discourse.
>I don't know what challenges might be for self-hosting.  
>Perhaps those who have experience with self-hosting either 
>Discourse or Zulip could share?
>On 4/21/18 at 11:51 PM, brett at python.org (Brett Cannon) pronounced:
>>I know this is no shock to Donald, but I agree with what he brings up
>>below. One of motivators for trying out python.zulipchat.com is to see if
>>it's real-time nature on top of topic-based discussion could act as a
>>cross-section for email and IRC.
>>For me, either something like Zulip or Discourse takes care of a lot of the
>>issues raised. They provide modern tooling, allow for a central place to
>>communicate, and allow for sectioning things into streams/sections to
>>prevent overwhelming e.g. a single mailing list.
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>Steve Piercy              Website Builder              Eugene, OR
><web at stevepiercy.com>               <http://www.stevepiercy.com/>

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Steve Piercy              Website Builder              Eugene, OR
<web at stevepiercy.com>               <http://www.stevepiercy.com/>

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