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From Durgam Vahia <cor...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Need feedback: Browsing and searching solr-user list emails
Date Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:31:20 GMT
Hi Dmitry,

Thanks for your feedback. Couple of inline responses below.

On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 4:43 AM, Dmitry Kan <solrexpert@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello!
>
> Just few random points:
>
> 1. Interesting site. I'd say there are similar sites, but this one has
> cleaner interface. How does your site compare to this one, for example, in
> terms of feature set?
>
> http://qnalist.com/questions/4640870/luke-4-6-0-released
>
> At least, the user ranking seems to be different, because on your site
> yours truly marked with 5800 points and on the qnalist with 59.
>
>
Looks like a similar idea. UI seems quite different though, as you
suggested - seems qnalist is removing all quoted text within emails. We
preserve it as it brings "context". Imagine inline responses showing up
without quoted text.

Seems it is missing "crowdsource" aspect also - votes, favorites, best
answers - which are very important for relevancy.

Might want to compare search results as well, particularly the "Related
questions" under each question. Being able to quickly navigate to similar
threads (like StackExchange) is a very powerful way to access content.


2. Do you handle several users, like DmitryKan, DmitryKan-1.. as a single
> user, i.e. if I'd post under different e-mail addresses.
>

Yes, but with administrator's intervention. We combine multiple name
identities associated under same email address (may be coming from
different email clients) but combining multiple emails addresses needs to
be done by admin.


> 3. It seems like your site is going to mostly be read only, except for
> question / user voting?
>

Yes, in a short-term. However, one can argue that solr-user type mailing
lists are Q&A anyways and SE like forum are better suited for this purpose
given they "organize" content little better compared to emails. So if
longer term solution for managing such community is Q&A then solution like
this "gently" moves people in that direction without asking them to
drastically change existing behaviors.


>
> To me any such site, including yours, will make sense as long as I could
> find stuff faster than with Google.
>

That's probably the key. Even with SE, Google lands you there but once you
are on SE, you navigate using its own search and recommendation engine etc.
It all boils down to the quality of search ranking and associated UI :)

Durgam.


>
> Dmitry Kan
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:18 AM, Durgam Vahia <corpqa@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi Solr-users,
> >
> > I wanted to get your thoughts/feedback on a potentially useful way to
> > browse and search prior email conversations in
> > solr-users@lucenedistribution list.
> >
> > http://www.signaldump.org/solr/qpod/
> >
> > In a nutshell, this is a Q&A engine like StackExchange (SE)
> auto-populated
> > with solr-users@lucene email threads of past one year. Engine auto-tags
> > email threads and creates user profile of participants with points,
> badges
> > etc. New emails also gets processed automatically and will be placed
> under
> > the relevant conversation.
> >
> > Here are some of the advantages that might be useful -
> >
> >    - Like SE, users can "crowdsource" the quality of content by voting,
> and
> >    choosing best answers.
> >    - You can favorite posts/threads, users, tags to personalize search.
> >    - Email conversations and Q&A engine work seamlessly together. One can
> >    use any medium and conversations are still presented in a uniform way.
> >    - Web UI supports mobile device aspect ratios - just click on above
> link
> >    on your mobile device to get a feel.
> >
> > Do you think this would be useful for the solr-users community? To get a
> > feel, try searching the archive before posting in the email list to see
> if
> > UI makes finding things little gentler. As more people search/view/vote,
> > search should become more relevant and personalized.
> >
> > I would be happy to maintain this for the benefit of the community.
> > Currently I have only seeded past one year of email but we could
> > potentially go further back if people find this useful.
> >
> > Thanks and feedback welcome.
> >
> > And before someone asks - yes, our search engine is Solr ..
> >
> > Durgam.
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Dmitry
> Blog: http://dmitrykan.blogspot.com
> Twitter: twitter.com/dmitrykan
>

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