Devuan GNU+Linux is a free software operating system for your computer. Free software means you are free to use, copy and distribute, study, change the software, and share your modifications with the community.


How to Contribute to Devuan Discourse

TL;DR: talk.do is not a forum, but a tool to produce high quality documentation for Devuan. If you’re looking for a forum, try our mailing-lists.

We make Devuan discourse together. It starts as an informal conversation, then evolves into a discussion, consolidates into wiki pages, and finally reaches the point of integration into the static Web.

Civil, adult, fun conversation is welcome.

Devuan Discourse runs discourse, a free software discussion board using Ember.js. But don’t worry if you won’t use JavaScript: you can still participate by email.

You may use your Gitlab account to login to the Devuan Discourse.

Topics are classified under several conferences that reflect the four essential software freedoms:

Additionally, the Devuan conference is dedicated to governance and OS-specific content, such as software packages.

The welcome tag will get you started in no time.

Email Participation

As of March 2016, there’s no way to not use the Web at all to subscribe to the forum topics. Nevertheless the process of account creation is straightforward if you already have an account on git.devuan.org: simply “sign in with gitlab” and you’re done.

Once there, you can select in your preferences to receive everything by email, either by digest, or by individual emails:

Your discourse preferences

In the near future Discourse will provide a 100% email interface.

Topic Notifications

Topic notification defaults are set in the preferences, and you can change on each topic page. There are four notification levels:

  1. Watching: you receive all posts in the topic. This simulates a mailing list.
  2. Tracking: you’re informed of the amount of activity there, but only get notified when you’re explicitly mentioned or replied to.
  3. Normal: you get notified when you’re mentioned explicitly.
  4. Muted: you ignore the topic entirely and can only read it on the Web.

Keyboard Shortcuts

When visiting the site you can use a number of useful keyboard shortcuts to ease your flow. The ? (question mark key) will display available shortcuts.

A fast way through topics is to start with unread topics (gu for “goto unread”), then read next post with j. j will eventually bring you to the next unread topic, and so on. To open a topic skipping directly to the first unread post, hit o. You can make a first pass “liking” posts (with l), and bookmarking those you want to reply to (with b). Then go to your bookmarks (gb) and repeat (b will remove the bookmark when you’re done with it).

You can also bookmark interesting topics (with f for favorite), and change their notification level with a key combination starting with m:

Participation and Trust Levels

Discourse is different from classical Web-based forums: you earn privilege (like invitations, editing topics, creating new topics, moving posts, etc.) as you participate. Although this gamification can frustrate some, it constitutes a rather effective wall against non-cooperative behavior.

When you first start you have a trust level of 0 (out of 5). Reading topics, setting up profile, reading the forum rules, replying to topics, etc. will rapidly earn you trust level 1, where you’re allowed to create your own topics (in some conferences). Trust levels 2 and 3 are earned after weeks or months of continued participation to help a host team emerge among community members. Level 4 is granted by the board staff. It allows organizational changes (moving topics around, etc.) Who knows about Level 5.

Long Lived Topics

Discourse encourages long term, focused discussions, and consolidation of knowledge by (optionally) turning the first post of a topic into a wiki page that participants can edit to point to specific posts, add notes and references to source code, external resources, relevant material.

On many Web forums you simply start a new topic and they accumulate and die under the mass of novelty, amassing duplicated content and hard to find responses. In Devuan Discourse topics can be trimmed and discussion split according to specific needs. When a conversation derails from the original topic, it’s easy to select posts and move them to a new topic, maybe in another category, or as a child of the main topic.

Anyone can create short lived topics in the Miscellaneous category. Inactive topics idling there for a week are automatically closed. Sustained discussion in a topic is an indication of its vitality, and can then move to a more appropriate category, usually one of USE, STUDY, SHARE, or HACK.

Code of Conduct

Civil, adult, fun conversation is welcome. Unwanted behavior, such as bullying, ad-hominem attacks, trolling, aggressiveness, discrimination, etc. are not.
Please read, understand, and accept our guidelines.

In general, mind your words and remember that on the Internet we lack non-verbal cues to understand a range of emotions. Always assume goodwill, and never post in anger.

You may also discuss the guidelines in order to improve them.