- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Victor Szalvay"
>there are any "easy" questions).
> BTW, I think we've handled answering newbie
> questions quite well. I can't remember a newbie post that took a
> beating for asking intro questions (btw, are there any intro
> questions? This is stuff is some complex, I'm beginning to doubt
I love the "hi I'm new, I have a question" posts.
The current discussion is good - if there is an obstacle to newbie
posts (and there is), then it's a good thing to tackle it head on,
which we are doing.
What gets under my skin is the occasional "please help me plagiarise
my homework assignment" ones. Maybe we need an item on the FAQ to
respond appropriately to this, so it doesn't have to be done on the
list? Who would like to write it and send it to me off-list?
- --- Dawn <dawn@...> wrote:
>A number of people have mentioned the confusion and balkanization that
> Dividing into multiple forums as was suggested does feel unnatural
> and, as
> somebody pointed out, would result in confusion as to what list would
> the best experience. AND would result in a lot of good information
would result from multiple forums. I disagree.
Confusion as to the appropriate forum is essentially the same problem
as with confusion as to what keyword to put into the subject. People
who are using the keywords as filters are in the same situation as
people who only subscribe to a subset of the lists/forums.
The (bad) balkanization problem is a result of both divisions that
aren't well defined and the technology. Mailing lists and news groups
are particularly prone to this problem, but other online forums can
reduce or even eliminate the problem. Many bboards allow discussions
to be moved from one forum (really a subforum) to another.
Personally, my favorite is the Propsero technology, use by many
services and available at DelphiForums for individuals and groups.
See, for example, Inifinite Loops (general programming discussion) at
http://forums.delphiforums.com/infinite_loops/messages or the About
Linux forum at http://forums.about.com/ab-linux/messages .
My point is that these are all problems that can be solved. To borrow
from Ken Schwaber's first exercise at the Scrum class, we should be
looking at this issue from the "yes, and..." perspective, not the "yes,
but ..." perspective.
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