[Deploying Sakai] Stack Exchange: a new way for Sakai to manage questions and answers

Steve Swinsburg steve.swinsburg at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 04:53:14 PDT 2014

Hi all,

Just a reminder that the trial for the Stack Exchange site(s) is still open
and we still need dozens more people before we hit our quota. It would be
great if you could sign up to both the Apereo and Sakai sites here:

Then vote up the questions to 10 (you waste a vote by going higher).

We have enough questions for the Sakai site (though more are most welcome),
we still need more questions for the Apereo site (just copy and paste your
questions from the Sakai site).

What we really need are votes on the questions.

Your help is greatly appreciated.


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM, Steve Swinsburg <steve.swinsburg at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> At the recent Apereo conference, the Sakai PMC agreed to trial the use of
> a Stack Exchange site where we can keep QandA type material that often
> appears on the mailing lists. A lot of useful questions and answers are
> posted every day that benefit the wider community, but are lost in the
> sheer amount of email traffic that the lists generate.
> This would not replace the mailing lists. Rather it would be a source
> where we can distil the most useful questions and answers, keep them up to
> date and refer people to them when the same question arises down the track.
> Yes, we could use Confluence. However the content on Confluence gets dated
> quickly and can be hard to find. This would be a dedicated site for QandA.
> We also get more public exposure - something which Sakai really needs.
> You might be asking, 'what is a Stack Exchange site?' This is the software
> that runs the popular Stack Overflow site which you may be familiar with.
> There are dozens of other communities that have their own dedicated spaces,
> built on the same software, which is what we are trying to achieve.
> But there is a catch. To get a Stack Exchange site, the process is
> rigorous. We need to meet a certain number of contributors and have a
> certain number of quality questions before we even get to the next phase.
> So to help with this effort we are trialling joining forces with uPortal,
> CAS and Bedework (the other large Apereo projects) to create a central
> space for all Apereo questions.
> 1. We need you to signup to the Stack Exchange sites we have setup and
> follow them. *There are two sites.* At the end of the trial we will see
> which one has the most traction. There is a Sakai only one, and an Apereo
> wide one.
> http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/70749/sakai
> http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/71959/apereo-projects
> 2. You get 5 votes per site. Vote up the questions you like to at least
> 10. We need to get 40 questions with a +10 vote. Going higher than 10 is ok
> but means we need more questions to fulfill this quota, so stick to 10.
> 3. Post your own questions. You get 5 per site. You might have posted
> something to the list recently or have seen a great question. Copy and
> paste it. Note that at this time you do not need to answer any questions.
> That comes at a later stage.
> 4. Do the same on the other site. Use up all of your votes and your
> questions!
> Your assistance here is very much appreciated. This should only take
> around 10 minutes to do, so we hope you will find the time to help us out!
> If you can do this before the end of July, that would be tops.
> regards,
> Steve
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