This topic is probably mostly of interest for the forum @team, but I am posting it under the Websites category so the discussion is public, and anyone can participate if desired.
We need to add an entry to the FAQ stating the official requirements and benefits to being a software partner on this forum. Below is a first cut at that. Comments, suggestions, edits, discussion, etc., is welcome, until we converge on something reasonable.
A software partner is a software project that uses this forum as its primary recommended discussion channel. This means that: A) the software project links to the forum in its documentation regarding how users should seek support and/or discussion of the software; and B) it does not promote additional, separate, project-specific discussion channels. The rationale is to facilitate unification and visibility of discussion across the community; see “What is the forum’s mission?” above.
Each software partner appears in the top navigation with logo and link to its associated tag feed. Discussion of any and all scientific image software tools is warmly welcomed, but only those using the forum as their primary recommended discussion channel will be included in the navigation bar.
This week I will be retiring the OpenSPIM and SLIM Curve mailing lists in favor of the forum.
Relatedly, a question: The scikit-image project wants to keep their mailing list open. What do others think about that? Should our policy for inclusion in the top bar allow for a separate project mailing list? Personally, I am strongly ambivalent, because on the one hand I think scikit-image is often a great solution for questions here and I would love to foster closer collaboration between the Python- and Java-based projects, but on the other hand I think this forum cannot reach its full potential if every software project continues running siloed discussion channels.
Arguments in either direction? Alternative policy ideas?