[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

CGS <>
Wed Jun 6 17:40:58 CEST 2012


Siddharth, are you sure the list is correct?

Related to the unanswered messages, there are some mails containing
advertisement for different Erlang-related events and I don't suppose those
need answers via erlang-question mailing list.

Usually, I follow erlang-question (along with some others) daily and the
newbies questions are answered quite fast, especially if they are noobs
questions. As you can notice, I am not answering too often and that
supports what I just said. I am not a knowledgeable user of Erlang, so, I
may not be able to answer to all the questions, but I think the Erlang
community is active and knowledgeable enough and it doesn't need more
"energy drinks".

And, yes, I agree that if someone has his/her message unanswered, he/she
should kindly bump his/her message.

CGS




On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM, 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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> >>> 
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> >>
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