Which Matlab related forums and newsgroups do you use beside MATLAB Answers? Which languages do they use? Which advantages and unique features do they have?
Do you think that these forums complement or compete against MathWorks and its communication platform?
Actually all answers are accepted.
When I was in graduate school, I used to use CSSM almost every day. I haven't been there lately. Now, I peruse MATLAB Answers daily.
There's also a MATLAB group on Facebook, and people ask some questions. But many of the questions are the kind that would get scolded on this forum, e.g. "Plz send me speech recognition code. URGENT! Thnx"
I have on occasion visited Stack Overflow, but the MATLAB traffic there is pretty slow. It is in English.
The French MATLAB Forum is alive for more 6 years I believe. Only French language is allowed.
Some nice Features:
Forum divided in 4 parts :
and it is moderated by some MATLAB French gurus .;) Moderators can edit , remove , send yellow or red cards to the MATLAB user !
There is also a system of points when you answer questions . You get some new status (confirmed, expert ...) and stars if you are pro-active.
Another funny thing is more you share info about you (date of birth , first name ) more you win points. If you accept to subscribe to the newsletters of DVP you also win points ...
LinkedIn has a "MATLAB Users and Integrators" group, but it's not very active. As with other LinkedIn sites, it has more to do with jobs than MATLAB. There is a discussion section. The questions tend to be a bit broader than on MATLAB Answers, and at least a third are ads for sites like Undocumented MATLAB.
I'm reading and posting in CSSM, because it is active during the whole day. The large number of participants and some very sophisticated members are a guarantee to get an answer even for complicated questions.
I'm using the FEX: 10% of the software found there have a professional quality and solve even the strangest desires. (But of course this is not a foreign, but a TMW service)
I'm posting in the German goMatlab forum. On one hand I can articulate much faster and more secure in my native language. It is very convenient that you can embed pictures, LaTeX formulas, formatted and high-lighted source code in the posts. You can attach files and the threads are sorted to different categories. There are more basic homework questions than in CSSM and some pupils and students are overstrained by the English documentation - "read the Getting Started section" or "help plot" is not a useful answer then...
I really like undocumentedMatlab, because it helps to squeeze more than the allowed power out of Matlab.
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I think, that these forums are a great support for Matlab-users and in consequence for MathWorks also. I was surprised to hear the argument in a discussion, that such non-TMW services are a concurrency. I understand, that e.g. an Iranian website, which offers RapidShare links to download Matlab, is not welcome. But as far as I can see this is a rare exception and the majority of services support the Matlab community in a way, which increaes the number of sold licenses at the same time.
I've seen French questions here and in CSSM and wondered if there is a french forum also. I Like Aurelien's blog, although my French is very limited. And can anybody tell me about the Chinese forum http://www.ilovematlab.cn? One of the most downloaded FEX submissionsis a Spanish tutorial - is there a Spanish Matlab community also?
I only use the mathworks answers and newsgroup, have no time or patience for more, soon I might also stop going to the newsgroup because some questions are in both places.
There's no advantage of having other forums if this one works properly, also by having more active users the quality of the answers is often better.