[linux-audio-user] Around the wiki.freeaudiosoftware.org - forum

Shayne O'Connor forums at machinehasnoagenda.com
Thu Aug 25 18:12:15 EDT 2005


Christoph Eckert wrote:
>>Isn't a wiki a kind of forum too? ...but the entries are of higher
>>quality
> 
> 
> That's the point. Did you ever read a thread in a forum (or even a 
> thread of a recent discussion on a mailing list provided by a HTML 
> gateway)?
> 
> You read a lot and in the end you know that the discussed problem wasn't 
> solved. You have messed time.
> 

man, do you know how many web forums there are out there?!!! i've really 
gotta say that if it wasn't for web-based forums, i'd still be ... well, 
computer-illiterate. i'd say that forums have helped me out of hopeless 
situations 80% of the time to 20% for mailing lists. it is *much* easier 
to search a forum for an *existing* solution than to scour mailing 
lists. sure, if your problem involves using software that is in 
alpa,beta or high development, then a mailing list is perfect to deal 
with new problems that may arise and haven't been dealt with before.

sorry, but i think this is such a non-debate ...


> OTOH, problems solved in a long thread can be condensed on a wiki page, 
> in an optimal world by the one who got helped. This way the wiki grows 
> pages with high quality content.
> 

wikis are a good idea, but they hardly ever progress past a few brief, 
initial offerings ... well, the linux audio ones, anyway.

shayne


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