Dear fellow ruby-talkers,

I´d like to put forward an idea to create a forum for newcomers to Ruby.

There are:
* people who hesitate asking stupid questions on ruby-talk, 
* people who don´t want to publish their email address for the spammers
to grab, 
* people who don´t want to receive a hundred unrelated emails per day,
* people who don´t grok the ruby-lang archives browser (which is cool,
but somewhat cryptic), 
* people who find that searches on ruby-lang archives produce a lot of
incomprehensible (for a nuby) information

These are the people whose needs we want to address with the forum.

The forum will have the following characteristics:

- anonymous posting allowed (registration is possible, but not
necessary)
- full-featured search engine
- edit/delete message functionality
- moderation by active participants
- email notification for new messages in selected thread, and for the
creation of new threads

The side benefit of this forum will be that its archives will contain
mostly beginner-level information, and therefore will be more useful to
the beginners than ruby-talk itself.

Hosting and domain registration will be taken care of in the next couple
of weeks.

We are asking for suggestions on the domain name (the current working
name is www.ruby-forum.org), and the choice of forum engine. If you want
to participate in the project, please email me off-list. If you think
this not a good idea at all, please tell us why. Any other contributions
are most welcome.

The forum engine must have most of the features listed above and be
written in Ruby, or have all features listed above and be portable to
Ruby (in which case we plan to use it as is initially, and then port it
to Ruby in the due course). Our hosting arrangement is a dedicated Linux
server, so we can host pretty much any server software in any language,
as long as it is open source and can live on a Linux.

Thank you all in advance.

Best regards,
Alexey Verkhovsky, on behalf of the initiative group (currently
consisting of my brother Dmitry and myself)