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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: do we need two FAQs?
Date Mon, 20 Dec 2004 16:46:57 GMT
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.


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 <> 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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