Why is there a SCORE community forum?

To streamline the communications in SCORE we are willing to try out a radical new tool, the internet forum :wink:

We want a place where anyone from any involved organisation can go with their questions about SCORE. For instance, if a development intern from city A has a question about communications on their project they can post in the Communications (WP2) forum and get an answer from the WP2 people (or anyone else).

This means:

  • Less questions asked twice
  • Less time spent finding out to contact
  • Less time spent figuring out how the project works for newcomers
  • It is easier for those who don’t speak english to take their time to read and reply
  • It is easier for the communications people to see what is going on

So, why no Slack

Although we love Slack, we (the project managers) think that in this stage a Slack is the wrong medium for intra-SCORE communications at this point.

Slack is great for teams. Instant messaging is great for making quick decisions or asking simple questions. Forums are best for long-running conversations and complicated topics. Because this is what we feel the project needs right now we’re providing this medium.

That is not to be said that we might not start a slack later when there is an opportunity to. And we suggest using this community to suggest it in the Project Management category.

Also, read this great overview of what Slack is good for and what Forums are good for.

But I want to chat!

We have a Chat (just click the :left_speech_bubble: button in the header) for social chatter and banter, however, if you have any real questions or important things to say, please post a topic on the community. This gives people who might not always have time to be on top of everything the ability to still stay informed. In addition to this this makes it easier to find conversations later on.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

This is a Public Forum

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family, friends and journalists.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.