Hi Neelam and Dr. Sharma,
Thanks for copying me in on your conversations.
My undergrad background is in ecology, but I got a masters in information sciences with a minor in computational science here at UTK. So, your project is right up my alley and I was excited to hear about it this morning.
Here is something I thought of during Neelam’s update from earlier:
I saw you were considering using GitForum to power a question and answer forum.
It reminded me that Extension.org offers a few widgets centered on questions / answers:
You can see an example of one "ask an expert" widget in use by CenUSA Bioenergy here:
I thought the extension.org tools might be an alternative to gitforum.
Here is an example of a farm energy group on "ask an expert."
I don’t mean to say that extension is necessarily "better" than GitForum.
In fact, I often wonder how effective extension.org "ask an expert" is.
For example, not all questions posted to extension.org are answered; questions languish for several years.
Perhaps GitForum would yield a forum that might prove more versatile than extension.org, and prove more popular / more often used.
On the other hand, I wonder if there might be some hidden cost to GitForum, such as time required by a moderator to ensure things like spam aren’t posted.
I assume extension.org has some paid staff to moderate that kind of activity.
At any rate, I think extension is an option of possible value to be aware of.
Looking forward to further conversation,