[Mailman-Users] Meta: bringing along the newcomers
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Fri Dec 18 14:09:19 CET 2009
Lindsay Haisley writes:
> Stephen, with all due respect for the work you put into your post, I
> think it goes a bit overboard in the other direction. If I can pose a
> question in 6 or 7 lines of text, do I really need to read a couple of
> hundred lines of instruction?
It's under 100 lines, of which almost half were cut-and-pasted from
the existing FAQ 1.22.
> - or dig through a FAQ and write a critique of it - just to get a
> simple answer?
Yup, that's exactly the stuff I cut and pasted.
Anyway, you're entirely missing the point. I don't expect anybody to
read FAQ 1.22 in advance of comitting a faux pas; this particular FAQ
is mostly for pointing to *afterward*.
> I recently posted a question to this list in about 7 lines
> inquiring as to what file is the source document in a Mailman
> Pipermail archive. I asked on the list precisely _because_ I
> didn't want to spend the time searching through FAQs and other
> documentation for a simple answer to a simple question.
Er, that's precisely what FAQs and documentation in general are for,
so I suggest you go read the current version of FAQ 1.22, then. It
was written for people like you.<wink>
More seriously, you've been around long enough (and have presumably
actually perused the FAQ once or twice) to have a sense of what's
*not* in there. You're obviously not the audience for FAQ 1.22, and
the question you describe is not one of the ones that Mark should make
a New Year's resolution to stop answering.
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