Right now there is just one ‘Gemini Data Reduction’ forum for reduction scripts and software. Would it make sense to create separate discussions areas for the separate instruments? The alternative would perhaps be to encourage users to use the instrument names as topic tags, but it’s not obvious to me if there’s an easy way to search for posts using the tags?
Somewhat relatedly, I’m curious if it would be possible to subscribe for email notifications to all posts with a given topic tag or in a given forum. I’d like to get notified of any post related to GPI automatically, if possible. I can see how to ask for email notifications of replies to a given post but I don’t see a way to do that for an entire forum.
We did consider separate forums, but we ended up with such a huge list that we decided to start with one forum and use the topic tags. We do encourage users to use the topic tags on the Start Here page. Also, clicking on any topic tag will show all topics with that tag (note that the URL follows the pattern http://drforum.gemini.edu/topic-tag/tag_name/).
I’ll look into your e-mail notification question and get back to you …