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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: prototype FAQ
Date Fri, 23 Feb 2001 18:16:26 GMT
Joshua Slive wrote:
> Re the numbering.  I did this for a specific reason: If we number
> the FAQ and people start referring to the numbers, then it becomes
> very difficult in the future to do any sort of reorganization.

Only if, as you say, you want to re-order the items.  I do not
regard that as a priority, personally.  The FAQ has been re-ordered
once in the last four years.  This will make twice.

> All questions have URLs, so the numbering shouldn't really be
> necessary.

Um, except that a) you need to type/paste the entire URL, and
b) there is no software-derivable relationship between the fragment
label and the question text.  If you want to use some sort of
non-numeric identifier for each question, so the URL becomes
easily derivable (such as 'faq.html#q23' from '23. Why foo?'),

> People have been saying that from at least the time I started
> watching the Apache project, and probably long before that.
> It has never happened.  In any case, I don't think it is a
> very useful thing to do.

*shrug*  All right, I will not argue this point.

> What are we losing with this?  Well, as I see it, one of the primary
> reasons that the 1.3 FAQ is unmanageable is this requirement.

Um, who has said it is unmanageable?  I think there have been
noises about there being too much stuff in it, but that is a
'function' issue, not a 'form' one.

> I would guess that a fair number of the FAQs that are asked on
> usenet get asked not because people haven't bothered to look
> at the FAQ, but rather because the FAQ is so unwieldy that they
> gave up before they found the answer.

I would strongly disagree.

> If you want something that can easily be posted to usenet and printed
> as a single page

I am willing to pass on the former, but not on the latter.  The
appearance on screen can be small pages, but there *must* be a link
to a single monolithic page for mailing and printing.

> I'm certainly not going to create some new SSI monstrosity.

If you are implying that the current FAQ is such, then I take personal
exception to this remark.

> However, we will be back in the same unmanageable situation
> in a year or so.

Again, what aspect is the 'unmanageable' one?
#ken    P-)}

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