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Where have the Xamarin Forum members gone?

I've been a Xamarin developer for over 6 years and used to contribute to and rely on the Xamarin Forums when they were active. Now that they've been replaced by this site, it seems like all the members have left. I see only two questions answered in the month of July and ironically, one of those is asking whether using Xamarin is a mistake.

It would be of huge benefit to the dev community if this site was truly usable, so can I ask you Microsoft/Xamarin guys to take the initiative and make this site as good or better than the forums were?

Thanks.

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Hey there Phil, the Xamarin Forums have officially been retired as of July. There was a 8 month plan that was outlined on the forums before they moved here to Q&A. They have been archived -> https://aka.ms/xamarinforum-archives

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@JamesMontemagno the OP was asking about the forum members, not the posts themselves.
I was an active member on the previous forums, but here I’m not sure why I should bother? After all the likes and answers I gave on the previous forums, it felt like a kick in the teeth when it was announced it was moving. Ok that wasn’t the reason for helping people, but Xamarin support was (and still is) so poor, I was happy to help. Why should I bother helping now, when the ‘answers’ occasionally come back from MS with a ‘yes we replicated can you post on github instead’. Um isn’t that what support is for? Why bother posting anything here at all?


And Xamarin Forms support, how absolutely shocking is that? Confirmed GitHub issues are ignored unless you have a support contract. We have a massive Azure subscription having just migrated from AWS, but we didn’t up the support level from basic. So fundamental issues are just ignored for MAUI dev.

To answer the OP, I don’t and won’t speak for all the previous members, but I know of several that have moved on to better, supported technologies. We definitely aren’t building anything new with Xamarin.

James, I know you host the Xamarin Show, I was thinking of creating another called The Xamarin Sh!t Show, coz that’s really what it is.

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