Sorry if the above title sounds kind of weird. So please bear with my (hopefully better) description.
Stack Overflow is undoubtedly (one of) the best development resources out there.
I've often found myself asking questions which directly relate to a project I'm working on and the advise I get from SO is very good.
As with other similar projects out there, it would be nice to have a forum or wiki dedicated to this project.
But I wanted to do more than having a forum (why rely on a less qualified audience when there's Stack Overflow?). The idea is, general questions (approved by forum admins - to prevent abuse) get automatically re-posted on Stack Overflow. Any Stack Overflow replies are kept in synch with the forum, and if I'm allowed, also synch replies from my forum with the Stack Overflow topic.
If this where to happen, a single Stack Overflow account would be used as a bot writing on behalf of whoever did the question in my forum.
That's the whole idea basically. Even if I'm not allowed to do this, I'll be using a simpler and more detached approach, by simply leaving links in the main posts so people could navigate around (plus, this ought to enhance google PR).
What do you think? Who should I contact for more details?
- Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?
- Use Stack Overflow as the official support site of an open-source project
Reading Jeff's comment, these are my thoughts:
- We both agree that the links idea is ok
- We both agree that completely outsourcing a forum is bad
- But his comment doesn't answer whether outsourcing+syncing of specific questions is ok or not. The kind of specific questions I'm thinking on, sound like "What are PHP settings storage best practices?" rather than "What settings storage should K2F adopt?" (the latter one would be limited to our forum system).
In other words, it's a tight-integration of specific forum topics with Stack Overflow.