[erlang-questions] unanswered beginner questions in the list

Siddharth Karandikar <>
Wed Jun 6 18:21:09 CEST 2012


Current logic to identify unanswered mails is purely based on mail-ids
found in mail headers. So it is very much possible that many of
announcement kind of mails will go unanswered (as no answered is
expected) and will show up here in the list.

Thanks,
Siddharth

On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 9:10 PM, CGS <> wrote:
> 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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