Re: the two lists idea...

From: Fionn Colvin (
Date: 05/09/96

> On deeper reflection...
> I tend to believe that if there is an "advanced users" list, the basic list
> will probably be abandoned by people who both have a clue and are willing
> to share it, leaving everyone right back where we started.
> Perhaps a better solution to reduce the traffic of clueless mail on the
> mailing list is to very aggressively pursue writing more documentation for
> Circle, so that the questions we frequently see asked here will be
> answerable on the Web or in the circle distribution itself.
> I will finish coding.doc as soon as my exams are done.  I have the archives
> of the list over the past year and I can put them on the FTP site: maybe
> someone can compile a list of the most frequently asked questions, and then
> some people (including me) can work on writing answers to all of them in a
> more all-encompassing FAQ than the one we already have.
> An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...
> -Jeremy

Maybe this isn't a fantasic solution to the problem with the list, but it 
might help. Why note introduce some standard into the subject line of 
posts. eg.

NEWBIE: <subject header> for newbie questions
CODE: <subject header> for code
IDEA: <subject header> for general ideas.


Then when you come to your mail, if you detest reading newbie questions, 
just skip over all messages with the NEWBIE: header. That way the 
newbies, I being one, will still be able to ask questions which will be 
seen by those in the know, but allow those who dont want to read them to 
just skip them.

Watch' you think?


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