Improving S/N Ratio [Was: Re: subscription quiz]
Seth W. Klein
sk at sethwklein.net
Mon Sep 23 15:57:33 PDT 2002
Matthias Benkmann <matthias at winterdrache.de> wrote:
> Here's another idea how to reduce redundancy on lfs-support:
> 1. Remove all references to the direct subscribe/unsubscribe commands from
> web site and book
> 2. provide a web form for subscription that is tied to a quiz with
> questions like this (that must all be answered correctly):
> <snip quiz>
*Grin* You've been in college too long ;)
Seriously, i have a couple things in the queue. If they prove practical,
i plan to roll them out in early October. Current ideas are:
1) Tailored partial FAQ posting. Since the FAQ redesign this summer,
i can effortlessly generate documents containing only selected
entries. This should allow me to monitor list traffic for FAQs
and compile a weekly posting.
This should help for two reasons. One, individual FAQs tend to
experience periods of "popularity", if you will. One entry will
come up twice a week for a month and then never for half a year.
A weekly posting should stop these outbreaks early.
Two, a weekly posting will increase the FAQ's visibility even
though it contains only a small fraction of the FAQ itself.
Since it will contain only things that have come up on the list
to which it is posted, a tailored posting should be free of the
size and redundancy complaints which killed my last attempt.
2) Kernel Traffic style summaries. Fairly self explanitory if you're
familiar with the Kernel Cousins. I'm thinking extremely brief
summaries of threads that have a useful conclusion and are likely
to resurface. Only for lfs-support, blfs-support, and maybe lfs-dev
and, lest anyone misunderstand, put on the web, not posted.
I'll be running tests over the next couple weeks to see what i can
do without increasing my workload impractically. As usual, i welcome
comments and suggestions.
Seth W. Klein
 Kernel Traffic: http://kt.zork.net/
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