[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Joe Armstrong erlang@REDACTED
Fri Jun 1 09:36:12 CEST 2012

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Tim Watson <watson.timothy@REDACTED> wrote:
> On 01/06/2012 08:22, Joe Armstrong wrote:
>> I think it would be a good idea if those of us who might qualify as being
>> "knowledgeable persons" could take the trouble to occasionally answer
>>  questions from apparent beginners that have not been answered.
>> After a threshold of say 3 days - then at least *somebody* could attempt
>> an answer so that beginner to Erlang don't feel unloved when they
>> reach to this list.
> It would be easier to do this if there was a some kind of separate feed for
> mail that hasn't been answered in the last 3 days or whatever. Otherwise you
> loose a lot of cycles actually keeping track of who has asked what, and I
> suspect that is the time killer for a lot of people, rather than not having
> time to answer basic questions.
> I have *no idea* about managing mailing list software, so I'm not even sure
> if that idea is feasible.

Pretty easy to write an erlang program to do this and run it once a
day with crontab

The mails can be obtained programmatically from


The rest is 'left as an exercise to the reader'


>> Of course, some extremely knowledgable and well-known people ask
>> extremely difficult
>> questions here - and zero replies should probably
>> be taken as a sign that "nobody knows the answer"
>> We could even have volunteers among those who posses the knowledge to
>> answer
>> all unanswered beginners questions.
>> Cheers
>> /Joe
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