There's another post around here somewhere asking the same question. The consensus is that live chat is faster. Of course, there's the argument for persistence and topics that forums bring, but I for one would rather have a faster response for a simple question.
I suppose it depends on several factors as to which platform the question-asker decides to post. For in-depth questions I would post to a forum.
Honestly, I think forums are making a comeback. Options like Slack are only getting more expensive.
I was just reading a blog post about making your own small social network and it's really resonating with me. You get better (and searchable) interactions with your community.
Is there a good self-hosted forum software package out there?
After a quick look around, Discourse looks pretty rad.
Yeah, I would use Discourse. Setup is gnarly though if you're not familiar with Docker.
Good thing I just wrote a post about automating Docker scripts with Bash. 😎
You're on it. Dev.to is open source. Also Mastodon
Mastodon makes searching hard. I didn't realize Dev.to was open source though!
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