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Application Development and Development 101
jonbonazza and I have been discussing this recently and I decided to raise the question here. He is active in the Application Development section whereas my participation there is getting devopment questions (and application announcements) moved from other areas of the forum. We are trying to get a balance of having that forum be useful to developers while keeping it simple and straightforward enough for non-developer guides like me to be able to get users threads to the best place for them to get an answer to their question.
What is the difference between these two forums? I understand from the descriptions that:
Application Development - a lounge for devs to hang out
Developer 101 - tutorials
That seems great, but in practice both forums are essentially the same thing, application development support forums.
Our discussion has led us to this structure suggestion. I would like some of the developers to add their thoughts so we can make this section of Android Forums work best.
Description - This forum is for specific coding questions. Please provide your current source enclosed in code tags.
Prefixes - SDK/ADT, GUI, LBS, Multimedia, Networking, NDK, 2D/3D graphics, General
Description - This forum is for new / aspiring developers to get started. Place beginner coding questions, coding tips, tutorials, and sample code.
Prefixes - Sample, Support, Tips, Tutorial
Stickys - I think the current stickys here would still apply under this schema
Again, I am asking about these changes as those two forums are both flooded with general development questions. I think it would be helpful for the developers that participate in there, the guides moving threads in, and new developers to have some clearer definitions with regards to how the forums are being used in practice. If the changes are implemented, I would work with jonbonazza to get threads with participation in the last 30 days moved to the best of the two forums initially and continue to keep older threads with new responses or new threads in the best forum for the user.