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Re: Repeat questions and a suggestion

On Sun, 2004-06-06 at 10:26, melgil88 wrote:
> I have problems searching the list, alot of times it comes up 'no
> matches found' but when I manually eyeball the month's listing, the
> exact thing I was searching for is right there.  For example, there was
> a person (sorry, don't remember who) who kindly came out with the stats
> listing, I saw some interesting threads there and used the search
> function to find them....nada :(. I've seen other people have the same
> problem.  

Glad you liked the stats.  :)  I wonder if the search feature goes
through just the body of the message and not the subject lines?

> But would it be helpful to maybe list the most recent
> bugs and problems here in this list maybe say once a week?  I remember
> newsgroups used to have FAQ's posted weekly with the rules of the
> newsgroup and any of the latest news/happenings.  Might this not be
> useful here?  It doesn't have to be a FAQ, but maybe something like
> loud title. 2 things I can think of right off the bat are the XP
> Partition Problem(TM) and the Asus Problem(TM).  There's also some video
> card problems that might be included as well.  A simple description of
> the problem and a link to buzilla and a fix would be in there. 

I like that idea.  The stats thing was kind of a way to try and figure
out what the hot topics were.  Need to figure out some way to capture
actual problems and solutions, but I think that is going to require
someone to manual collect that information.  

> I'd volunteer to scratch up something if people think it would be
> useful. If not then I'll just crawl back into the woodwork where I came
> from ;)

I think that would be very useful.  A weekly message with a list of
common problems and solutions would IMHO help a lot of people.  I think
it should include a section on what to do before posting a question (ie.
check log files, google) and how to ask a question (include version
info, hardware info, exact error message, how to reproduce, etc).  Many
questions get posted with not much more than "help!" in the message.  

Scot L. Harris
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	There is not now, and never will be, a language in
	which it is the least bit difficult to write bad programs. 

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