Too many Places?

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Sep 17, 2020
London UK
Are we getting too many places to keep track of spinrite 6.1?
We have this forum, the .dev, and now Gitlab. Its a wonder Steve has any time to write code :)
The joys and costs of customers and customer support. On the other hand, with something like SpinRite, you need many people willing to test on their old and obscure systems, so I gather he's willing to take extra steps to get that extra coverage.
Are we getting too many places to keep track of spinrite 6.1?
That thought has crossed my mind too. It is another place to keep track of.

But Steve is taking a "let's try it an see" approach. He is not sure yet if/how it will play out.
At the moment they are serving slightly different purposes. The NG is where most of the development testing is being done, it is only when a problem becomes significant that it gets into Gitlab. These fora are meant to be the longer term "public" support route, as the general public won't want to get involved in NG or Gitlab.

However, I agree that it is getting more complicated to monitor what is going on.
At the moment they are serving slightly different purposes

The NG: For product development

Then GL: For issue tracking during development

And the PF's: For support of products released on GRC.

Each area has it's strength task, which it can excel at, but would likely do rather poorly with the other tasks.