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'[OT]: [ADMIN]: FW: The Natural Life Cycle Of Maili'
2001\04\02@113707 by jamesnewton

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This is a brilliant and accurate (AFAIK) description of mailing list
evolution.

I'm concerned about the "Smug complacency" thing as I have been guilty of
annoyance at newbies posting FAQ's without having searched piclist.com
first. Lets try not to forget how lost we once were and also that it is
possible for old questions to generate new answers. It only takes a second
to do the search and point the newbie to the FAQ page containing the answer.
Or to think for a second to see if a new answer pops to mind.

Being vigilant with topic tagging (without complaining to others onlist)
will avoid the off topics post problem and still allow our "mass mind" to
grow and encompass more. I'm seeing a few [AVR]: and [SX]: posts... I wish
we could encourage more.

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2001\04\02@124426 by Dan Michaels

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James Newton wrote:

>I'm concerned about the "Smug complacency" thing as I have been guilty of
>annoyance at newbies posting FAQ's without having searched piclist.com
>first. Lets try not to forget how lost we once were and also that it is
>possible for old questions to generate new answers. It only takes a second
>to do the search and point the newbie to the FAQ page containing the answer.


I am a little confused here, James. It may only take a couple of seconds
to search the techref pages, but what about the 200-500 Mbytes of old
e-mail msgs in the piclist archives?

Are those included in the techref searches? If not, is there an easy way
to search those?

- danM

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2001\04\02@135320 by jamesnewton

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Yes they are, automatically. If you enter some keywords, hit enter and they
are found on existing pages in the FAQ site, those pages are returned. You
can see where they cam from by noticing the phrase "From the FAQ" at the top
of the returned list. At the bottom you will see a link to "expand the
search into the archives"

If nothing is available in the FAQ, the search automatically expands to the
archive and the heading indicates that and the link at the bottom is
"restrict this search to the FAQ"

We can also just post a link to the search page rather than just saying "did
you search the FAQ or archive?" because there are several and we don't know
if they have a link to the piclist.com's complete archive and FAQ or one of
the other less complete sites.

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2001\04\03@043725 by Vasile Surducan

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Why don't you generate a code-header to all new mails at piclist?
This code-header must be taken only from http://www.piclist.com page, after a
search was done. If there is no code, the mail is not visible on the list.
I'm agree, there are a lot of childish or not well documented question.
(some, I've asked for...)
Vasile

On Mon, 2 Apr 2001, James Newton wrote:

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