Hi @nborson !
The short answer is yes, definitely, the Github repo will be the focus of activity for the Onboarding group, and watching it will be sufficient to prevent you from missing any important announcements or activity.
For example, I hope to do at least three things soon to help people get more involved, and all of those things will either be centered in the repo, or announced there (via Discussions or by updates to the README). Those things are: 1) create “good first issues”, 2) complete coding a form to let everyone help add and organize documentation links, and 3) schedule regular online meetings.
By the way, keep in mind, the repo itself just has the code for our Onboarding site, which is (for now), hosted by Github Pages, at Getting Started with Solid. So, for example, the form that I’m working on, will be found there.
Having said that, we do have a chat channel on Matrix; most Solid-related chatting happens in several rooms on Matrix. The solid rooms can be found at https://matrix.to/#/#solid_project:matrix.org, and the specific room for our onboarding group is https://matrix.to/#/#solid_onboarding:matrix.org
In case you haven’t used Matrix before, when you click either of those links above, it will ask you to “choose an app to continue”. In my experience, Cinny has a pretty good user interface, and I would recommend it.
But…it’s not necessary to be in the chat, (and TBH, it can sometimes be a distraction); my intention will be to put all of the important announcements and activity and the most relevant discussions in the repo, and use the chat for secondary things that don’t need to be announced to everyone.
For example, maybe someone will have a question about the Diataxis system, and we might have a long chat about the philosophy of organizing things. But, at the end of the conversation, let’s say we reach a conclusion about how to organize our documents. In that case, the relevant conclusion that we come to will be incorporated wherever it naturally fits in our repo (as an issue, a discussion, in the README, etc.), but the rest of the chat, which is not vital for everyone to read through or participate in, would remain in the Matrix room.
(Maybe someday, if that theory doesn’t work very well in practice, we’ll try to move all conversation to the Discussions on Github.)