Hi Clojure friends!
Clojureverse.org has been up and running for a few years now. It originally started as a mailing list for the Chesnut project, but once it was all set up and running I realized it wasn’t any more effort to turn it into a general Clojure board. The main objective in opening it up like that was to provide mailing lists for other Clojure projects that were looking for an indy mailing list solution*.
Besides dropping a link in Slack and on the Clojure mailing list I never made much noise about it. It simply did its job in providing a mailing list, and for the rest the offer to use it by others was there if they wanted it.
Recently it seems some more people have found out about it. It’s still a very low traffic place, but it’s starting to feel a little more alive, and I added some more categories for general discussion.
I know Slack is where it’s all at these days, but I believe there are plenty of people out there who are still interested in a slower, more in depth medium for banter about their favorite programming language. I would like to see what we can do to reach those people, and make this an appealing space for them to hang out in.
Slack is where information goes to die. It’s also for people who like to be “always plugged in”. I’m not like that.
Someone on reddit recently compared Clojureverse with the elixir forum, and I have to admit the contrast is stark. There are no doubt lessons we can learn from them.
So… where to go from here? I’d like to find out if there are people already on here who are interested to make this a nicer place and who can help get the word out. I think there are three areas that we can focus on
- customizing and styling discourse so it’s more “ours”. This includes setting up new categories.
- writing posts. The best way to make a forum appealing is by making it seem alive with friendly and interesting discourse.
- getting the word out. Poke your friends, post on social media, write announcements for the main mailing lists, let people know that we’re here.
Do you want to play a part in shaping this community? Let us know! You can reply to this post, or message me.
* “mailing list solution”: People mostly see this place as a forum, but Discourse allows both posting and reading via email, making it a fine replacement for a mailing list. At the time this was the only modern open source mailing list solution I could find, the fact that it also provided a nice web interface was a nice extra.