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FAQ-O-Matic (Was: perl-5.6.0 ready for test! (IMPORTANT READ THIS MESSAGE ON MAINTAINER STATUS!))

On Tuesday 22 Aug 00, Charles Wilson writes:
> Chris Faylor wrote:
> > 
> > Hmm.  I like this!  We could even set up FAQ-O-MATIC on the cygwin web pages.
> I think FAQ-O-MATIC is a pretty good idea...for those who've never seen
> a FAQ-O-MATIC, check out:

I think this *could* be a good idea, if it's done properly.  I would
hate to see the Cygwin FAQ (or the Cygwin Apps FAQ) become what the
gcc FAQ-O-Matic is now.  In fact, I was at first opposed to the idea
outright, because the gcc FOM is the only FOM I've encountered.  But I
see now that it merely serves as an excellent example of how *not* to
use FOM.

Specifically, there must be *active* moderators doing a decent job.  I
don't want to see any of these, at least they shouldn't be there long:


I don't want to see the FOM become a public Q&A forum, for people who
can't be bothered to subscribe and/or mail to the right mailing list:


(assuming that brings up the "g++ compile error in hp-ux 11.00"
answer, I couldn't find a good search-based URL).

There are lots of pros, of course.  It would be great to be able to
delegate moderator duties to others on a section-by-section basis,
without having to establish cvs-write access at
(And without having to learn ssh + CVS.  But everybody should learn
that anyway, right?)

Chris, is there an issue with resources?  The server will have to do
quite a bit more than spit out html.  Will Red Hat, Inc. come after
you if someone posts warez or DVD decryption source or ...

I'm not looking forward to moving the existing Cygwin FAQ to FOM -- it
would be a big job at first.  But if it helps us deliver a better
product, I'm all for it.  (Maybe nobody was thinking about the
existing FAQ, but if it works well for Cygwin Apps, then it's probably
a good idea for all of it.)

Anyway, that's my $10 worth.


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