Since bad voltage is all about community, community, community, and has a bit of a different bent to most tech communities (community!) I thought I’d start a discussion about our favorite tech communities. Might be enlightening to see which groups have been influential.
Here are mine:
If you haven’t read the archives of this, you should. They are hilarious. No one kevetches like sysadmins do, and the old usenet group has some classic rants. People also have a cute habit of hiding their more specific complaining behind a ceasar cipher, as well as referring to their users by terms set out by the bastard operator from hell (which you should also check out if you haven’t)
As an aside, it would be awesome if Discourse had a ROT13 plugin of some sort.
Phoronix has some very fun analysis of the dire world of Linux video drivers. People seem to have a sense of humor there. Also, people post long threads about compilers, which is nice to read as well.
KVR has one of the most used DSP programming forums. If you’ve ever been in the business of writing audio code, it’s one of the places to be.
That’s it. I’m curious to see everyone elses list.
One thing to note is that none of the other forums I use for tech stuff has any well thought forum software. I have to say, I’ve grown to like discourse.