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Date: 2001-09-13 (13:19)
From: Markus Mottl <markus@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Newbie list
On Thu, 13 Sep 2001, Frank Atanassow wrote:
> There have been a lot of beginner questions on this list of late and,
> though there are still peaks and troughs, the traffic has increased
> noticeably. I have no problems with beginners asking questions, and
> indeed I have answered at least one such post myself at length, but I
> think perhaps the rest of us might be better served if a separate list
> were established for them, say `caml-newbie' or `caml-cafe'. `caml-list'
> would remain the default list for announcements and general discussion.
> Does anyone favor such a proposal?

A very difficult question indeed: if we do this, the advanced users may
find more time for productive development work, but who would answer
the newbies' questions then? OTOH, it might be very effective to let
the newbies teach themselves in a kind of "caml-cradle". Knowledge
(and lack thereof) is usually distributed so newbies are not unlikely
to solve most basic issues in cooperation.

Since I am always eager to experiment, it might be worth a try to create
special lists for special purposes (like teaching newbies). If things
don't work as intended, we can always merge the lists again.

Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl                                             markus@oefai.at
Austrian Research Institute
for Artificial Intelligence                  http://www.oefai.at/~markus
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