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Ask Fedora: What features / changes do we need in Askbot to make this site *really* work?

asked 2016-12-14 15:02:59 -0500

mattdm gravatar image

updated 2016-12-16 11:38:06 -0500

This is a followup of sorts to Ask Fedora: Is it working, and what's the future?, where as of this writing the top-voted answer comes from the upstream author of Askbot, asking us to keep up with Askbot and to wait for improvements (with which he is willing to help).

I have a list of things I think are important, and I'm going to add those as answers. Please vote up the ones you like, and add suggestions of your own. And, of course, feel free to answer as well.

To be clear, this isn't meant as a list of demands — it should be a useful, prioritized list of things we need which we will try to get help with — from upstream, from the infrastructure team, from the community of people who have worked on Ask Fedora, and from the open source world at large.

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@mattdm: May I ask you what the status with this question and all 33 answers submitted by the user community is? Is there any active development on the Askbot software?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-08-29 09:41:10 -0500 )edit

@florian the askbot application has been slowly developed since they only have around 1-2 devs fully submitting code. It has been harder to work with and keep things updated. Specially with everything being changed to python3 and askbot only supports python2. I recommend we continue looking into using discourse since its a fully developed forum application that its maintained by tons of devs.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-08-29 11:59:21 -0500 )edit

Whatever you come up with, it need to be intuitive to those logging into the site, not scurried away in some obscure location

toddandmargo gravatar imagetoddandmargo ( 2017-08-31 14:05:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-08-04 18:31:33 -0500

abitrolly gravatar image

Search answers or show them all on the same page

This thread is getting long and clicking through 5 pages and searching in each one for duplicates is bothersome, so I just leave it here.

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answered 2018-08-04 18:29:30 -0500

abitrolly gravatar image

Paste images from clipboard

Because browsers allow this, and it is much easier to press Ctrl+Shift+PrtSc and Ctrl+V than to open Gimp, paste, save, then switch back, click image, Browse, select, okay.

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answered 2018-07-31 03:27:52 -0500

hhlp gravatar image

Sometimes we can find in english default general chanel, O.P question in another language than English, maybe an mistake from some user that have to select their original language before ask the question :

What I do ?

Is to reject the question as non-english to offer the posibility the O.P to ask again in their own language chanel...

What we can improve in the way of admin/moderator ?

We can have and option to redirect the question to their original language to admin/moderator manage the question over there...


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Yes, the language change is missing in the question edit UI.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2018-10-13 08:51:54 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-07-21 20:36:55 -0500

abitrolly gravatar image

Track next karma privilege lists what privileges karma provides, but they are not visible in profile, so people don't know that they would be able to edit and retag posts.

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answered 2018-07-21 20:11:54 -0500

abitrolly gravatar image

List of Favourite Problems

Everybody could share own list of favourite questions or problems with Fedora by bookmarking questions and placing them into the Problems category. Problems can be resolved over time, so people also need ability to mark problems as resolved after some Fedora release.

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answered 2018-07-16 09:48:39 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2018-07-16 09:50:25 -0500

Sorting answers by date (oldest/newest) does not work as expected. It keeps the "correct" answer as the top answer - that's confusing. See example here:

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answered 2018-04-28 16:50:02 -0500

Reading through many answers, it seems that overall what is wanted is a mirror of the Stack Exchange network sites features and operation. I am sure that re-working askbot to include many of the suggested features will be a lot of painstaking work. Has it been considered whether to have hosted by Stack Exchange?

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-04-28 20:05:50 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-04-26 13:42:50 -0500

florian gravatar image

After upgrade from askbot 0.7.x to 0.10.x, is it not possible to convert a comment into an answer anymore? Under what conditions?

I tested this with my own question, and I can see the field/link Convert to answer for a few millisecs and it disappears.

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answered 2017-09-11 11:17:52 -0500

justin15 gravatar image

Getting our own community on Stack Exchange

If we move to StackExchange (Instead of using AskBot and the Linux and Unix community for StackExchange) more people can easily ask for help and we would have our own meta community. The interface is also better because it is cleaner and has a better flow.

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answered 2017-09-09 12:19:15 -0500

Add another editor to easily write more complex formatting answers.
Keep current editor for fast answering, and another editor (easy to use for newcomers) with following features:

  • Add table
  • Change font
  • Font color
  • Subscript and superscript
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