TLDR: it’d be awesome if there was a StackOverflow-like alternative to this Facebook group. Here’s my reasoning:
1. Stuff keeps disappearing:
A lot of good resources and good answers become harder to find as time progresses. Comments that are great (“accepted”) answers aren’t always immediately visible and “like”ing them only does so much. Original posters can’t really call attention to the thing that helped them.
Lots of good material is getting eaten by the Facebook re-sort algorithm as well. Right now, there are brand new posts buried under stuff from a few days ago. I think everyone sees different posts when they visit this page, which is super weird.
Group search is helpful, but it means you’ve got to remember specifics about what you’re searching for. There’s no way to intelligently add metadata to your question so someone can find it in six months’ time.
2. Stuff I interact with in this group is mixed in with _every single other interaction_ I’ve made on Facebook.
3. There is no way to format text or, more importantly, _code_. I have to use these silly underscores instead.
4. Image support is pretty wonky. Images can’t be included inline with text. I don’t think you can upload multiple images. There is no GIF support (which seems like an incredibly intentional decision on Facebook’s part).
5. I have to go to Facebook.com to ask a question about Framer. I lose a whole lot of time every time I come here because of all the red dots with numbers that I have to deal with.
Option A—propose a Framer (or better yet, Prototyping) Stack Exchange site here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/categories/8/technology. This would be 100% GR8.
I’m suuuuper into the idea of a Prototyping™ StackExchange site. It would be a beautiful thing.
Option B—Take this poor, unused husk of a subreddit and actually use it: http://www.reddit.com/r/framerjs
Seems like the subreddit would be useful for people promoting prototypes that they’ve made, but I think we’d encounter similar issues with stuff disappearing as time goes on. It’d be nice if the subreddit had some Official Lovin’—at least a nice Framer-y background. I’m sure Alex Hazel (/r/framerjs mod) wouldn’t mind.
Option C—??? Do people still do forums??? What’s the new hot way to host a community with needs more technical than puppy picture sharing?
Am I alone in thinking this?