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From Otis Gospodnetic <otis_gospodne...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: do we need two FAQs?
Date Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:23:46 GMT
To me this all sounds like creation of extra work.
We have 2 FAQs, and that IS lame.  Remove one.  I'd remove the older,
unmaintained one. jGuru one is more up to date.

I'd use Wiki for community info, which is how we are already usin Wiki.
No need for 1) 2) 3) options at all.

Done deal.  No discussion, no new work.

Otis (simplify is my new motton ;))


--- Henri Yandell <flamefew@gmail.com> wrote:

> As I unintentionally kicked off the Wiki suggestion, thought I'd
> offer
> an opinion.
> 
> My original thought was that a Wiki wouldn't be as nice as the
> current
> ones, but it would be a nice thing if somehow we could have a wiki
> back-end with a nicer front-end. I wasn't trying to push for the wiki
> though, I mainly wanted to just see if there's a reason for us to try
> and get Infra to install some kind of FAQ software at the ASF.
> 
> It seems there are three options to try and have the content at the
> ASF:
> 
> 1) Use the Wiki. Good for open community maintained FAQs. Looks poor.
> 2) Put it on the site. I imagine there's something that can take a
> FAQ
> in XML and output a nice website etc. This is good for project
> maintained official-FAQ stuff.
> 3) Get dynamic FAQ software for the ASF (or code it :) ). I'm not
> sure
> if there are good use-cases for such a thing, ie) how many advantages
> do the current ones have over 1) and 2).
> 
> Blue-sky thoughts,
> 
> Hen
> 
> On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:46:57 -0500, Erik Hatcher
> <erik@ehatchersolutions.com> wrote:
> > I still view the wiki as the best place for the "FAQ", however it
> is
> > described.  As a committer with far too many "commitments", I'd
> prefer
> > to see a community maintained FAQ rather than one that requires us
> > committers to maintain it in source code control.
> > 
> >         Erik
> > 
> > On Dec 20, 2004, at 11:23 AM, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:
> > 
> > > Wikis have their place as information repositories.  It sounds
> like
> > > what you are describing is not a FAQ, though, no?  I'm all for
> using
> > > Lucene Wiki as we are currently using - scratch pad, whiteboard,
> > > community tips, etc.  I think the FAQ is a slighly different
> beast,
> > > hence my double-checking with lucene-dev people.
> > >
> > > I'm still unsure about the best setup, so I'll wait a little
> longer to
> > > hear some more opinions.
> > >
> > > Otis
> > >
> > > --- Erik Hatcher <erik@ehatchersolutions.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> On Dec 19, 2004, at 8:37 PM, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:
> > >>> OK.
> > >>> Is this _really_ what everyone's okay with?  I'm asking because
> > >> once we
> > >>> put the FAQ onto Wiki we:
> > >>>
> > >>> 1. no longer have authoritative FAQ - anyone can write to the
> FAQ
> > >>> 2. we have to monitor the Wiki FAQ for correctness
> > >>> 3. we have no user-friendly GUI/webapp for Q/A formatting,
> which
> > >> makes
> > >>> it more of a pain in the ass to contribute
> > >>>
> > >>> If anyone has any strong opinions, please share them.  If I
> don't
> > >> hear
> > >>> anything, I'll (try to) get the jGuru FAQ XML dump and give it
> to
> > >>> Daniel for 'wikification'.
> > >>
> > >> I prefer to leverage the wiki for this type of information for a
> > >> number
> > >> of reasons.  It is self-maintaining, not requiring a committer
> to
> > >> take
> > >> time out to commit changes and update the website.  We have
> e-mail
> > >> notification of wiki modifications and thus we already have
> > >> monitoring.
> > >>   There are many cases when using Lucene when the answer is "it
> > >> depends"
> > >> (such as the filtering question that just came up).  Having a
> wiki
> > >> "whiteboard" for these scenarios allows for a broader
> perspective.
> > >>
> > >>      Erik
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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