Improving S/N Ratio [Was: Re: subscription quiz]
chris at stockwith.co.uk
Tue Sep 24 01:33:54 PDT 2002
Seth W. Klein wrote:
> 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
> 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.
Please only post a topic and a pointer to the FAQ. Large postings
do not get read when you have dial up narrow band.
> 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.
Lesson for the day, OK. But please keep it short.
> 2) Kernel Traffic style summaries. Fairly self explanitory if
> 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
> 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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