Everyone in the wider community will likely know the Stackexchange network of sites. Stackexchange, starting with its programming community Stack Overflow, took over a lot of traffic from various forums, mainly by realizing that as someone coming in from a search engine, you don’t want to read the discussion, you want to get the answer to a question.
I am recently doing more work in DEVONthink again, and find myself looking for information, workarounds, scripts etc. a lot on this forum. There are a lot of hidden gems in here; old user-contributed scripts that may or may not work with current DT versions, workflows, workarounds to missing features, you name it.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of a forum, there are queries for which you’ll find eight, ten or more threads, only one of which goes beyond “yeah, that would be a great feature, +1” and contains helpful information.
So I would like to propose creating an FAQ-style database to aggregate all tried and tested, “actionable” solutions that are spread across this forum.
Now, “database” sounds far more involved than this needs to be – in the simplest possible approach, I could imagine a few thematically sorted, curated threads in which every post contains a question with well-defined scope and a clear, sourced answer to that question. Perhaps the forum could get a special category for those, but that would not be necessary. Besides offering solutions to searchers’ questions, such a thread might also be interesting for the development team when prioritizing new features because you’d have a single place where people can “like” workarounds, so you’d get a more concentrated view on what (perhaps missing) features people actually need and use.
What do you all think about this?