OT: A cygwin mailing list experiment

Christopher Faylor cgf@redhat.com
Tue May 8 07:05:00 GMT 2001

On Tue, May 08, 2001 at 09:56:33AM -0400, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> The other result of being overly helpful is that people are not apt to
>> use whatever resources they have available, regardless of the number of
>> times that we say "use the archives", or we point people at the FAQ, or
>> Earnie gives his suggestion to use google.com (which I particularly like
>> because it should be a superset of information available on cygwin.com).
>Yes, I decided that giving the URL for the search would be more helpful
>than researching the findings.  Also, there is a lot of archive history
>about Cygwin that isn't in the Cygwin mail list.

Yes, that's what I really like about the use of google.  I wonder if your
suggestions are actually causing people to use google, though.  One person
claimed to have done a google search before asking his question, so I guess
it is possible.

>> So, we're going to be conducting an experiment.  If you are a frequent
>> contributor to the mailing list, I'd invite you to join in.  I'm really
>> interested in seeing what happens.  Try not responding to anything other
>> than direct questions for a week or two.  I think that the results will
>> be interesting.
>OK, I'll participate in not participating beginning 10:00am EDT on May
>8th.  To do your experiment justice IMO we should abstain through May

Thanks.  It will be interesting to see if some new experts spring to life
over this period.


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