[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Raimo Niskanen <>
Fri Jun 1 11:47:01 CEST 2012


On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 at 09:36:12AM +0200, Joe Armstrong wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Tim Watson <> 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.
> 

Normally this is solved by the noob bumping the post after a while...

> 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
> 
> http://erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-questions/
> 
> The rest is 'left as an exercise to the reader'
> 
> /Joe
> 
> >>
> >> 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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