[Neuroimaging] When to use neurostars, and when not to

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 18:49:37 CEST 2015


On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 5:29 PM, John Pellman <pellman.john at gmail.com> wrote:
> While I understand an aversion to reputation-based systems (this article
> comes to mind) I would note that it is quite a bit more difficult to keep
> track of questions when they are divided between two discussion fora (more
> if you count the AFNI, FSL, and SPM mailing lists), and I can't help but
> wonder if some amount of consolidation while preserving individual interests
> would be beneficial to the neuroimaging community.

Well - we do need a mailing list - I guess everyone agrees with that.

I have an impression that there's general agreement that developer
questions go to this list - or maybe to the relevant github issues.

So the remaining question is - where should user questions go.

Obviously this is a matter of taste, where my taste is strongly for
having user questions on the general mailing list, and I think that's
important.  I also agree with blog post you (John P) referenced.  In
particular, I think reputation sites encourage what the author calls
'creeping authoritarianism'.  So I hope to persuade y'all to do the
same as me, and stick to the mailing list.  But we have an open
community where we can each follow our individual preferences, and I
believe that's a strength.  So I can't see an obvious way round the
current situation.



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