I’ve been posting questions on ERPNext as I’ve been developing my app for our company, but most of my questions never resolve into an answer, and many of them never receive a response. When I’m hunting the forums for an answer, I see many other posts with the same result.
Where does the community receive the best help? Are the forums the best place, or is there another place - an IRC channel or Discord server, for example?
This is probably the biggest issue with any of the open source ERP’s out there. You’ll find the conditions you’ve mentioned for all of them. Lots of unanswered questions, or answers coming in loooong after they were required (weeks or months later).
I think this is primarily because we’re operating in a niche (ERPNext/Frappe) within a niche (open source ERP’s) and the relative user base is small when compared to other open source projects with larger user base and larger demand.
What’s the solution? For it me it’s been to invest more time learning Frappe more by using it and testing as much as I can, reviewing documentation (https://docs.erpnext.com/), and occassionally coming across a thread here that helps me out of the current issue at hand. Then, hopefully, I have less issues and need to ask less questions over time. Sometimes, maybe I can even answer some
Another alternative would be to pay someone to help you with specific issues or general training (make a list of questions you have). Maybe you can use Upwork or something like that - there’s lot of freelancers there with Erpnext and Frappe experience in their profiles.
Of course you can also pay for Enterprise Support from ERPNext team as well. For me, those costs are prohibitive until we determine this will be a long term solution for us. I’m mostly just testing it as a solution at this stage.
If the community had a singular place called “home”, I believe these forums would be it. If you need help, this is your best starting point. Whenever I have questions/issue, I almost always begin by performing a Search here.
As Michael mentioned, there is an unofficial Telegram channel also.
Once upon a time, there was a Gitter channel. I think it was phased-out in favor of Telegram, though.
In certain geographies, there are local User Group chapters and clubs.
I’ve noticed a wave of new ERPNext activity on Stack Overflow. I cannot remember for certain, but I think Rushabh was encouraging people to begin posting there.
(personally, I’m too scared of that website to post anything myself. )
All solutions suffer from the same challenges, of course.
We must put effort into asking detailed questions, so people understand us.
We need to have a little luck () that People-With-Answers are watching…and also have the time to write a helpful reply.
After too much time has passed, our questions fade into History (although I sometimes see people ‘necro’ an 8-year old thread; so I guess questions never truly disappear)