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Re: emacs stackexchange beta site


From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: emacs stackexchange beta site
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:12:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

>>> Exactly. Even today one has to follow the emacs
>>> tag on stackexchange to get notified of emacs
>>> questions on the different sites (SO, Tex, SU,
>>> etc.):
>>
>> So that will be easier when every thing will be on
>> one site.
>
> What gave you the idea that everything concerning
> Emacs will be on one site?

Everything on the SX sites that is about Emacs or
mostly about Emacs will be moved to that site - at
least new questions. But that's just small potatoes.

The big potato is all the people (old and new SX
users) that will know about the Emacs SX site: those
will go there first hand and post their Q&As.

If you want an easy way to monitor Emacs activity on
the SX sites, how can you not want one site with
Emacs-only material? Isn't that the easiest way by far?

> Nothing prevents you from adding those tags today.
> See Emacs-specific tags such as `font-lock', for
> example.

In principle yes but in reality it will be much more
specific and in-depths, I can't imagine otherwise.
There is a TeX site. TeX is programming, so why not use
SE? A specific site makes for more specific, more
detailed, more of everything. It just makes for deeper
and broader drilling.

> Migration of questions across sites is manual. Just
> more bother. Please consider signing up to help
> maintain and manage the overhead you're endorsing.

Of course it is manual - you think some algorithm
should do that? The maintainers are hopefully
enthusiastic about their site which is the only reason
to do it. I'm not enthusiastic so I'll pass, but I can
definitely see the advantages of the project. Moving
questions is a very small detail in this issue (and it
doesn't involve much overhead either).

> And your envisioned migration scenario applies only
> for questions unrelated to anything else, besides
> Emacs, on the given site. Other questions tagged
> Emacs might well be more relevant right where they
> are. That's one reason migration is manual.

So they stay. What's the problem?

Again, this is a small detail. Most questions on the
Emacs SX site will not be moved there - they will be
posted there by people who know what they are doing!

-- 
underground experts united


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