Improving S/N Ratio [Was: Re: subscription quiz]

Chris Lingard chris at
Tue Sep 24 01:33:54 PDT 2002

Seth W. Klein wrote:

> Matthias Benkmann <matthias at> 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.

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[1] 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.
> cheers,
> Seth W. Klein
> [1] Kernel Traffic:

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