I'll just be direct here, so as not to be overly long.
The 2.9.1 forum thread is past 1600 posts, and I have no doubt it will hit 2000 posts shortly.
The problem with that thread is that it's crushing under it's own weight. The same or closely related problem gets solved over and over. People can't find their problem because the answer is either in a threaded response which gets lost to time or the search in NING can't find it for what ever reason.
So here is a solution that I think will go a massive way toward reducing redundant answers and people/helpers can focus more in specific areas.
So instead of making a single 2.9.2 release thread, how about making a thread for specific areas of Arducopter 2.9.2.
Arducopter 2.9.2 Software Install and Hardware functions (New 2.9.2 users Start Here)
Arducopter 2.9.2 Acro/Stable/Tuning Thread (Step Two)
Arducopter 2.9.2 Alt Hold/Loiter/Position Hold Thread (Step Three)
Arducopter 2.9.2 Missions/Way-point Navigation/Auto-Flight Functions (The last thing you should be testing)
Let's say release 2.9.2 gets another forum 2000 posts. Splitting this 4 ways (as above) drops that number to only 500 posts (in theory) in any given area. Plus it segments it out in the same order that most people have to (should) deal with when installing a new version of Arducopter.
But it's gets way better.... Because with it organized like this, there will be far fewer repeat postings, since now it's possible for people to actually read the entire thread that deals with the issue they are working on the time. This should cut back the posting where people give up on reading the entire thread and post a new question at the end, one that has been answered already.
By doing this it takes the pressure off the Wiki somewhat. Because the Wiki is constantly chasing a moving target. Solutions are found and results posted in the forum, long before they can, or should be, chiseled in stone on the Wiki.
Anyways, sorry this is so long, I was thinking about it in the grocery store today, and I think it's a really good idea.
Good idea. We can't force people to post in the right thread, but it might help. I'll bring this to Randy's attention -- he's in charge of the release posts.
Maybe someone with edit authority can go into the specific part of the Wiki that each question is related to, copy and paste the question with a link back to the forum where the answer is.
I like dividing the thread out too! Have a release announcement that details all the changes from the last release in the form of the release notes..then create a link on each item to it's own thread.
Even better if the original post were updated to include new info discovered during the course of the conversation.
That's a good idea, but LOCK the release announcement (no responses).
Leave it as simply a launch pad into the separate topics, or else people will just continue to dump into the release topic.
And make it "sticky" so it can act as a launch.
It would be great if we could get a few more people contributing answers and analysis so it does not all fall to just a couple of people as well.
I would love to contribute answers more, but i presume there a quite a few people just starting out with Ardupilot etc after a step up from a rtf version.
Its taken me over a week to get going with my quad and Ardupilot Mega 2.5 because of hardware issues and it totally knocks your confidence.
If anyone posts with an issue that I have experience I will happily respond, however some of it is way over my head and it would be like the blind leading the blind.
Sounds good but, want do you do when 2.9.3 comes out..There will have to be 4 more threads?
Arducopter 2.9.3 Software Install and Hardware functions (New 2.9.2 users Start Here)
Arducopter 2.9.3 Acro/Stable/Tuning Thread (Step Two)
Arducopter 2.9.3 Alt Hold/Loiter/Position Hold Thread (Step Three)
Arducopter 2.9.3 Missions/Way-point Navigation/Auto-Flight Functions (The last thing you should be testing)
I'm not knocking the suggestions at all.
Great idea, probably why it was crossing my mind ;-)
The current release thread has grown just too big and the same questions are being asked over and over again.
Let's do it!
This is a very sensible idea.
The problem is when people post in the wrong page, unless we can move their post to the correct page the discussion may quickly just focus on a single post.
This is a hard problem and I find it hard to contribute positively. Frustrating.
I wonder if there is a good example of it being done well we could look at....
Sounds like a great suggestion so we will start from 2.9.2.
..one thing is I kinda think that 4 is too many. How about just 2 for starters:
Arducopter 2.9.2 - Getting started ---- New 2.9.2 users Start Here and includes up-to getting stabilize working well
Arducopter 2.9.2 Alt Hold/Loiter/Missions ---- all autopilot like functions
I'm also going to crack-down on all soap boxing whether positive or negative.