- The link has been corrected to "Stack Exchange" with the proper syntax (4 Dec.)
- The issue on GitHub was closed by w0rp, stating that no discussion was had (4 Dec.)
- Related: How much should we indulge questions about plugins?
I have some concerns about a recent commit I saw on ALE's repo, encouraging users to ask their "tech support" questions about ALE here.
I'm not 100% up-to-date on our consensus about plugin questions, though I cite the help page below.
- Is this something vi.stackexchange wants?
- Does it fit our model/draw the kinds of questions we are looking for/stay on-topic?
- Has this been done successfully with other plugins?
- Has this been discussed?
- If so, where can I find the results?
- If not, should we? (Hence this post...)
Follow-up on Meta for an issue posted on ALE's Github (reproduced here for posterity):
In reference to: 146769c61671ebfb25cc7efd7acdc35a6a1d33da
Has the ALE community discussed with the vi.stackexchange community (of which I am also a member) this type of recommendation? Are there meta posts that can be linked to describe the decision surrounding this recommendation, what's on & off topic specifically with regards to ALE, etc.? (A quick search reveals, alas, the answer is no.)
The commit came as a surprise to me, though I monitor vi.stackexchange pretty closely. It seems like we should be more intentional with how we interact with that community, especially since we already get a number of questions there that are more easily answerable by plugin maintainers and communities (and we often redirect them to the Issues tracker of Github repos).
Also see this help center article about on-topic-ness, from where I draw the following quote:
Questions about Vim plugins are on topic but be aware that bug reports and feature requests for a plugin would be better off in that plugin's issue tracker. Most of the plugins available on Github use the built-in issue tracker. (The "Issues" tab in the top menu.)
Part of the diff:
Are you having trouble configuring ALE? You should ask tech support style questions for ALE on [https://vi.stackexchange.com/](Stack Overflow) or perhaps on [Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/vim/) instead. GitHub issues are for reporting problems with software, not for tech support.
In fact, I would argue that vi.stackexchange (and just about every other vim plugin on github that I know of) encourages and expects GitHub issues to be used for engaging with the dev community to ask questions about the software: if ALE maintainers would feel better with an FAQ/Wiki, a dedicated Q&A site, or some other mechanism, I recommend they take the time to create one, rather than shunt their problem onto others.
I at vi.stackexchange am also not for tech support.