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Should we merge with Power Users?

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To increase the activity of the site (one of the main concerns related to making Codidact grow), I suggested merging Linux Systems with Power Users on Meta.

Do you agree or disagree with merging?

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No opinion here at this point, but the current name is confusing. The description says the topic is r... (2 comments)
Asking for agreement is too early (1 comment)
Parallel question on Power Users (1 comment)
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I vote against the merger.

It's true that any LS question is likely to be on topic for PU, at least as I understand the scope of the latter, not being a participant in that community. However, I have no interest in any questions about Windows, Microsoft Office, Random Smartphone Model XYZ, or most of the topics currently being discussed in PU. (The few questions that do look interesting to me look like they would be on-topic here or in Software Development, also a community in which I'm happy to participate.) Even if I don't use the relevant software for a given LS question, I'm still interested in seeing those questions, as they raise my awareness of an ecosystem of which I consider myself a member.

I would rather be in a less active community that is focused on my interests than a broader one in which my interests are drowned out by other questions.

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Burden on question askers (2 comments)
Linux would have at the very least be its own category, I gues (1 comment)
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Would the ability to "gray out" uninteresting tags make a difference? (3 comments)
But currently wading through the cruft would not be much difficult (3 comments)
But currently wading through the cruft would not be much difficult
Quasímodo‭ wrote over 2 years ago

Yup, I also feel that way towards Windows (well, non-free software in general) and Smartphones, so I would also prefer never to see those questions. However, at the moment we would receive about a question per day if we merged, and at that rate wading through the cruft wouldn't be hard in the slightest — moreover, the questions will be properly tagged, of course. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

Quasímodo‭ wrote over 2 years ago

A retractation: I'm no native speaker and thought the word "cruft" meant something different, not "trash, debris, etc." Luckily I just looked it up on time to apologize and retract it. I had no intention whatsoever to abase those questions nor to demoralize those who asked them.

r~~‭ wrote over 2 years ago

For me, it's not about the difficulty of sorting through the list. It's an emotional thing more than a practical thing. The difference between getting a ping in my RSS reader twice a week and half the time it's an interesting item, and getting a ping in my RSS reader every day and only one in seven is interesting, is not measured in time, but rather in how I feel when I see that ping, and how motivated I am to check up on it and keep participating in the community.