[Tagging] Accepted or rejected?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 22:07:32 UTC 2015


On 20/03/2015 4:30 AM, Kotya Karapetyan wrote:
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> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 4:36 PM, Jan van Bekkum 
> <jan.vanbekkum at gmail.com <mailto:jan.vanbekkum at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>     Correct, but the forums are easier to scan through and search,
>
> Jan, I wonder if you've ever had a question, googled for an answer and 
> landed in a forum thread with 50+ pages with 10 posts per page.

I've 512 pages of ~14 posts per page .. so far. It is ongoing .. and 
does not look like finishing.

> Personally, I dislike forums even more than mailing lists. But evil 
> are both. It's very easy to create noise, and pretty difficult to find 
> and create the actual content.

Forum areas can be created .. and help separate noise from content. As 
do good moderators - they can move threads off to other areas.
>
> That's why StackExchange is such a success and why it's also pretty 
> unique—it was not easy to find a really working solution. Even at SE 
> some questions get half a dozen very technical answers and it's not 
> easy to check and understand each of them. However a few important 
> ideas were implemented:
> 1) Good and consistent text formatting.
> 2) Voting for questions, answers and comments.
> 3) Reputation indication.
> 4) Editing of questions and answers.
> 5) Search that actually works
> 6) Tagging and suggestion of similar topics
> 7) Moderation.
> 8) Discrete ads.
> 9) Excellent user interface, making it easy to ask, easy to answer and 
> challenging to mess things up.
>
> All of these are missing in mailing lists and most are missing in forums.
>
> Cheers,
> Kotya
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