Over the past few weeks I’ve been using both, and doing secret little tests, things like posting a similar dev question on both forums and seeing what happens.
Most of the time it is answered on this one much much sooner, and it makes sense because there are many more accounts and eyes on this forum, being the first and main forum of our community (even many dev-minded members seem to only use this one).
The dev forum seems to be used mostly by members of MaidSafe (rfc etc), josuef for his Beaker updates, and other narrow scopes. Hard to get answers on things, whether in DM’s or threads, and I can’t really see a community fostering in that one (with no one answering), compared to the vibrant community right here.
So since the dev forum has existed for a while, I thought it was time for an openly discussed progress report on it I just wanted to say that I think we should merge them back together, much like I have with my SAFE-FS forums, to much improvement. When we consolidate into one large forum, discussions can really start to happen, and the more eyes on a topic the better, in terms of getting productive conversations going.
And there are many great ways to merge them and make everyone happy! Make dev-related topics opt-in, so instead of having to check into a whole new website (barrier to conversation), people comfortable with programming topics can opt-in once and see these topcis along with their regular SAFE Network topics forever. All in one place. Sort of like what happens with “Off-topic,” how it doesn’t show on the front page, etc. Other options include being required to have a certain discourse trust level, or self-certify for a certain level of programming ability, or be approved by other dev members, to speak into the dev threads.
tl;dr I can post a dev question on this forum and get answers many times sooner than on the sparcely populated dev forum, so I am suggesting a merge.