[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Siddharth Karandikar <>
Wed Jun 6 15:56:52 CEST 2012


Thanks Anthony for quickly pointing out typos and enhancements.
* it should be erlang-questions@;
>> Fixed
* the spaces in the subject should be encoded as %20.
>> Done
* prepend the subject with "Re: ".
>> Done
* Using quoted subject in google query
>> Done

Thanks Magnus for very interesting gmane info.
It has been incorporated. :)
* Giving http://mid.gmane.org/ URL
>> Done


On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM, Magnus Henoch
<> wrote:
> Another way to accomplish that: since you have the message id for the question,
> you can make a link to mid.gmane.org, like this:
>
> http://mid.gmane.org/CAFVMu-pzwGOQp8JKjKJh_w3L2oF5goGCPCQGopMP8nxGEosCVA%40mail.gmail.com
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>> The ">>" link could also be improved by adding the month to the site:
>> URL
>> and putting the subject in intitle: surrounded with quotes:
>>
>>       site:http://erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-questions/
>>       [erlang-questions] -heart question
>>       site:http://erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-questions/
>>       intitle:"[erlang-questions] -heart question"
>>
>> I'm pretty confident it could be an "I'm Feeling Lucky" URL with
>> those
>> improvements.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> --
>> Anthony Ramine
>>
>>
>> Le 6 juin 2012 à 14:23, Anthony Ramine a écrit :
>>
>> > Great!
>> >
>> > There is a small typo and an encoding error in the mailto links
>> > though:
>> >
>> > * it should be erlang-questions@;
>> > * the spaces in the subject should be encoded as %20.
>> >
>> > Furthermore, I think you should prepend the subject with "Re: ".
>> >
>> > Thanks for your work, maybe you should publish the code on GitHub
>> > for
>> > further improvements!
>> >
>> > --
>> > Anthony Ramine
>> >
>> > Le 6 juin 2012 à 13:47, Siddharth Karandikar a écrit :
>> >
>> >> 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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