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Re: (OT) Re: How to Improve this Newsgroup

Writing in news:alt.www.webmaster
From the safety of the schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University cafeteria
Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> said:

__/ [William Tasso] on Friday 02 September 2005 12:32 \__

Writing in news:alt.www.webmaster

I use ignore, but sometimes I get involved in a thread while still in its very early stages. I am then unlikely to ever mark it 'ignored'.

I'm equally sure that each contributor has their own methodology for filtering what they determine to be the wheat from the chaff

There is a chicken-and-egg situation here. Like I said, when passing by alt.www.webmaster I have a slightly negative connotation so I am less likely to read and hence contribute.

one man's meat is another man's poison - or similar.

The gb-goog-fan-boy: has she gone?

Haven't seen her anywhere else.

/takes a peek into filters - yep s/he does appear to have gone

those groups where the replies are terse 'look at this faq item'?

These messages usually end the thread, which is fine.

Well - I have to disagree. The likelyhood of a faq entry actually addressing all the concerns and doubts that newcomers have is extremely rare and the short "sod off sonny - the grown-ups are busy" type of reply does not address the real issue of 'understanding' nor encourage further enquiry so much as a free-flowing dialogue.

Of course there are highly technical enquiries where reading and absorbing a faq is a mandatory requirement to enter a discussion - not many of those in our chosen subject.

Maybe worth modifying subject lines?


William Tasso


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