Any additional feedback, either related to this or any other topic related to RIOT?
The RIOT community should not get lost in tools.
We really need better on boarding materials for absolute beginners. Documentation is excellent but not clear where to actually begin with a sensor. Drivers/Examples/Tests distinction isn’t clear in the documentation.
I have not selected media platforms that I use for personal/family things only.
the users mailing list should be removed, devel and maintainers are enough. Users of RIOT are developers. - I don’t understand the purpose of the last question. Are you seriously considering using Facebook or Snapchat or TikTok as communication tools ? - A nice feature of Slack and Mattermost (I don’t know if that exists on the others) is the possibility to configure channels linked to GitHub activity: any new issue, PR and comment sends a new message in that channel. That’s a better alternative to emails generated by GitHub. The same thing exists to link Discourse to Slack.
For chat-based communication: Telegram.
I think it will be bad if discussions are fragmented.
It’s a ironic that a survey about an IPv6-capable OS is not reachable over IPv6. Please fix this, it’s 2020! - Why are the chat-centric social media platforms (Matrix/Slack/Telegram/WhatsApp/Discord/etc) missing? - Telegram: 2 stars; Discord: 1 star
Question 9 feels really out of place.
I use GitHub, but really not for its social media aspects (Yes to bugtracking, No to following developers, setting my mood emoji or logging in to stuff via GitHub). On the topic of mailing lists vs. forums, entries in mailing list archives are notoriously hard to find in search engines – that’s a shortcoming that could be fixed individually, but if a forum it is, one fewer item to address.
would be nice to have discussions visible to anyone (default) without needing to login/signup
I think mailing lists lead to more focused and higher quality interaction than the alternatives.
mailing list have the advantage of being archived correctly and survive whatever happens :). Forums, and basically any web thing, is lost after some time. I can see the benefit of having async and sync solutions coexisting (mails + irc/matrix/whatever), but not really 2 async solutions.
All in all, the results speak all for our ongoing migration work.
The usage of chat platforms already reflects our provided chat options: Most seem to prefer IRC and Matrix and the least number of people seem to dislike them.
Regarding social media outreach, we might want to think about doing more on Youtube (67,65% of the people who answered use it regularly), Reddit, and LinkedIn (the latter two have similar usage as Twitter where we already are quite active). Hopefully the #riot-os tag on Stack Overflow will increase our activity there to fit the usage by our community. For the platforms named it might also make sense to provide OAuth login for this forum.
I actually also thought about more community stuff, like making short videos (but who has the time for that…) or using the community tab for announcements. There are also stories, if we want to be goofy
Not quite sure how you mean that. Do you want the “When considering discussions related to RIOT, which communication channel do you prefer?” data for those 11% who are not on the mailinglists and those 22% who didn’t participate in any discussion there? On “I hope the 11% are not included in the 22%”: Why shouldn’t those two sets overlap btw? You can after all not participate in any discussion while not being subscribed to a mailing list pretty easily .
90 people answered the first three questions, the remaining questions (so including the questions you were asking about) were answered by 68 participants. The current usage (users on the forum, subscribers on the mailing lists) are:
I moved this topic to the community category now, as the original call for the survey might have been an announcement, but now that the results are also posted and discussed here, it fits more into the community related stuff.