[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Fred Hebert <>
Wed Jun 6 13:52:48 CEST 2012


That's pretty cool.

If you could give it something like a treshold period (we don't put 
unanswered e-mails newer than 3 days) and then stick an RSS (or Atom) 
feed in there, I'd probably stick it in a reader to be able to quickly 
get notifications on messages I might be able to help with.

On Wed Jun  6 07:47:32 2012, Siddharth Karandikar wrote:
> 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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