[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Loïc Hoguin <>
Fri Jun 1 11:47:05 CEST 2012


I often recommend to people I talk to to go on IRC (#erlang or #erlounge 
on freenode) to ask seemingly beginners questions, and if nobody can 
answer them there to try on the mailing list. Many regulars hang out 
there and answer questions as they come.

On 06/01/2012 09:22 AM, Joe Armstrong wrote:
> Hi,
>
> We had an interesting discussion at the EUC.
>
> One relatively new user observed that several new converts to Erlang
> had asked questions in this
> list and not gotten a reply.
>
> I took a quick look at the list statistics and indeed this it true.
>
> What usually happens is - I read the list every day and see a lot of
> questions that I know
> how to answer - but I don't immediately answer.
>
> The reason for this is that a) I haven't time and b)  I hope somebody
> else will answer
> and then I won't need to.
>
> 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.
>
> 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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Loïc Hoguin
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