We are very excited to introduce the Seqera community forum - the new home of the Nextflow community!
The growth of the Nextflow community over recent years has been phenomenal. The Nextflow Slack organization was launched in early 2022 and has already reached a membership of nearly 3,000 members. As we look ahead to growing to 5,000 and even 50,000, we are making a new tool available to the community: a community forum.
We expect the new forum to coexist with the Nextflow Slack. The forum will be great at medium-format discussion, whereas Slack is largely designed for short-term ephemeral conversations. We want to support this growth of the community and believe the new forum will allow us to scale.
Discourse is an open-source, web-based platform designed for online community discussions and forum-style interactions. Discourse offers a user-friendly interface, real-time notifications, and a wide range of customization options. It prioritizes healthy and productive conversations by promoting user-friendly features, such as trust levels, gamification, and robust moderation tools. Discourse is well known for its focus on fostering engaging and respectful discussions and already caters to many large developer communities. It’s able to serve immense groups, giving us confidence that it will meet the needs of our growing developer community just as well. We believe that Discourse is a natural fit for the evolution of the Nextflow community.
The community forum offers many exciting new features. Here are some of the things you can expect:
Online discussion platforms have been the beating heart of the Nextflow community from its inception. The first was a Google groups email list, which was followed by the Gitter instant messaging platform, GitHub Discussions, and most recently, Slack. We’re thrilled to embark on this new chapter of the Nextflow community – let us know what you think and ask any questions you might have in the “Site Feedback” forum category! Join us today at https://community.seqera.io for a new and improved developer experience.