I had quite mixed feelings about the announcement of the Collaborative development portal (dev.opencascade.org). Of course, the overall intent to enable support infrastructure is good. Public bug tracker, shared thoughts on roadmap, etc are all welcomed.
However, why creating a whole extra-site for that? Why partitioning the community ? Why do accounts from .org (real one, www.opencascade.org) not work at least? (By the way, I could not easily register for the first time, could not even ask for a new password, as I was not registered yet, I could not use the same personal email for the 2nd attempt,вЂ¦). All this has been frustrating and disappointing :-(.
When most world-wide communities try to reuse accounts (google, facebook, sourceforge,вЂ¦) you favored the opposite :-(. So now we have two sites, two forums, where everyone need to subscribe, setup account etc etc. I think this partially contributes into very slow collaboration on this of this collaborative portal.
Starting something new is always a challenge and is fated to face natural resistance. So why to increase it instead of leveraging existing productivity? I would really like to have *one* site, *one* forum, concentrated, not proliferated resource.
I am not sure if this post will have any influence but at least itвЂ™s aimed at giving some perspective. Do not intend to be offensive in any way, by the way. Tell me if you feel otherwise.