Yesterday I learned about TopAnswers (link is to their meta), another Q&A site built by people recently unhappy with SE. Their site is in the early stages, but:
- Their goals align with ours. (One of their developers visited our Discord room on Friday where we discussed goals a little more.)
- They are a software platform and a hosted network open to more communities joining.
- They have a sane code of conduct.
- They are up and running, albeit in early stages.
I get the impression from looking around that they haven’t yet tackled some of the questions we’ve been pondering, like answer scores. I don’t know to what extent they’ve considered these questions and come to different answers, and to what extent they just haven’t gotten there yet or are taking “defaults”. (They have reputation, for example, though I don’t know how it’s computed.)
Their front-end design is in early stages, particularly with respect to discoverability and accessibility. They’ve also made some nice decisions, including having “blog post” as a post type (blog posts mix with questions but don’t accept answers) and chat integration (in a pane right next to the question list or an individual question).
They are using a different tech stack than what we’re talking about (though we all agree on Postgres).
So yes there are differences, and we might discover some fundamental incompatibility when we look more closely, but I really think it’s worth us taking a look at what they’re doing and encouraging them to take a look at what we’re doing. If we’re largely compatible, I think it would be a greater service to all involved if we could converge on one project. This means flexibility on both sides and we haven’t yet had more than that one Discord chat with one of them, but can we take a look, with an eye toward engaging them in a conversation about coming together?