[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Siddharth Karandikar <>
Wed Jun 6 13:47:32 CEST 2012


Hi all,

I have put together a program for this.

This program fetches email archives from erlang-questions and uses
information available in email headers to identify unanswered mails.
It then generates pages to browse through these mails, view and reply.

This program is currently running on my server. Its currently
configured to keep track of mails within last 120 days. I am fetching
new content and updating the pages twice a day.

Please have a look - http://178.79.140.33/index.html
Comments/suggestions are welcome!

On the side note, Can anyone tell me how frequently does these mail
archives get updated? So that I will tune the schedule on my server
accordingly.

Thanks,
Siddharth

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM, 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.
>
> 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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>>
>>
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