Chat Transcript: New Site Name discussion Sep 9, 2016
Previous Discussion: Follow-Up 2: New Site Name and Scope Proposals
Ana stopped by (Shog was not available today), and maple_shaft was around. Here's a summary of what we talked about:
Ana looked at the only up-voted proposal last week that didn't include the term "SDLC". Although it was a good proposal, the use of the term "SDLC" was the thing that got everyone involved in this discussion onto the same page in terms of what this community truly represents in terms of who we are and what we offer. We'll be sticking with the taglines that we came up with last time going forward.
We then took a good, hard look at the bullets that describe what is on-topic. It seems 4 is the go-to number, and we managed to get it down to four:
development methods and practices
requirements, architecture, and design
quality assurance and testing
configuration, build and release management
The word "software" was dropped. On a site named Software Engineering, it should be pretty clear that questions should be about software development. It just added a little extra verbosity that should be apparent to users who are reading the page - it will be in the URL and the logo.
We brought in the "development methods and practices" to better advertise that these topics are on-topic. The first tag that falls into this category is agile, which is our 22nd most popular tag. Since there isn't a whole lot of visibility into this category of questions when you hit up the homepage or at the top of the list of tags, we felt that it was important to include.
We also combined "requirements" into "architecture and design" to form "requirements, architecture, and design". These are closely related topics. There are many architectural and design questions, but it's important to recognize and advertise other topics, like requirements, requirements-management, user-story, use-case, and so on.
The biggest change is that we eliminated the line item for "algorithms and data structures". But this doesn't mean that these questions are off-topic, because they aren't. I had a little back-and-forth discussion with maple_shaft, and since the SE folks really wanted 4 items, we felt that the type of questions that we want here are sufficiently captured under the "design" portion that we call out in the Help Center, but also the existing questions that can be used as a good example.
Please leave any further comments in here. They will be reviewed and discussed when Ana (and maybe Shog) come back next week.