|Subject:||[avr-chat] Keeping posts of particular interest|
|Date:||Mon, 16 Jul 2007 12:09:20 +0200|
|User-agent:||Thunderbird 126.96.36.199 (X11/20070620)|
The most recent discussion a few months ago considered to have a wiki (with the question whether existing wikis could be used) or to enhance the Doxygen generated documentation - both suffering from the problem of resources, and that it is difficult to make this kind of solution survive due to the need of a sustained effort to keep them alive.
Personally, I use a half-way work-around (and I guess others do the same thing): I simply collect email items that I think of possible future interest in a local email folder. Could such a solution be generalised?
Just to provoke a discussion, here is the outline of an approach: (1) create a mailbox with an archive that has public access; (2) send messages that are worth-while keeping to that mailbox; (3) find an understanding on what is "worth-while keeping" - for instance, messages in which the original poster of a problem (if he does not, somebody else) sums up the essential results; (4) there could be some guidelines to respect, for instance to make sure that the subject line is clear and useful as a search-key, and possibly add a link to the corresponding thread in the archive; (5) this mailbox could be structured to have a system of (sub-)folders, but there we might be back to the need for a moderator.
Creating a mailbox and maintaining it should not be too difficult: when somebody submits a problem and gets it solved (or ends up with a no-go conclusion) he will be motivated to do the summing up - that is a one-time action and does not require sustained effort. At least primitive tools for searching a mailbox exist. That is far from perfect, but much better than nothing.
What do you think?I have seen messages with references like Re: AVR-chat Digest, Vol xxx, issue yyy go by. Is that already something in this direction - what is AVR-chat Digest?
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