Ruby-misc (was Re: where have all the experienced users gone


#1

2006/12/23, Tom P. removed_email_address@domain.invalid:

TomP

Nothing personal Tom, it just happened that yours is the last message
I’ve received from this thread.

Just look at you guys. Talking and talking. It’s the 74th message I
receive from this thread.

And it happens all the time.

I used to read this list. Well, I still do, but less frequently,
because of these long and most of the time unproductive chats.

I used to come here frequently to learn, and was willing to help too.
But there are too many “e-mail chats” I’m not interested on, mixed
with relevant and very insightful ones.

Nowadays I pick some messages here and there to read, looking for gems
in this large pool of irrelevant stuff. Attending ruby-talk is not
pleasant any more.

I agree with being nice, but we can send someone to read the fine
manual in a nice way too, instead of doing his/her homework everytime.

It would help also avoiding messages that most of the time are useless
like “+1” or “:)”, you get the idea.

Or probably I’m misunderstanding the purpose of ruby-TALK. Maybe
ruby-TALK is a kind of offline IRC, or a social network like MSN
Spaces.

In that case, I apologize, and kindly ask for a real mailing list.

Please.

Thanks.

Sincerely,


#2

Gerardo S. Gómez Garrido wrote:

I used to come here frequently to learn, and was willing to help too.
But there are too many “e-mail chats” I’m not interested on, mixed
with relevant and very insightful ones.

The social aspect is essential. It’s what forms the list culture.

If the list were not so chatty, if it were just a human-powered
answerbot, I’d not have stuck around to learn Ruby.


James B.

“Inside every large system there’s a small system trying to get out”.
- Chet Hendrickson


#3

Gerardo S. Gómez Garrido wrote:

It would help also avoiding messages that most of the time are useless
like “+1” or “:)”, you get the idea.

Or probably I’m misunderstanding the purpose of ruby-TALK. Maybe
ruby-TALK is a kind of offline IRC, or a social network like MSN
Spaces.

In that case, I apologize, and kindly ask for a real mailing list.

Please.

That doesn’t make any sense. You are contradicting yourself. On the one
had you are validating the point of the original thread, on the other
you condeming the thread as pointless. And I dare say you aren’t
productively adding to the conversaion either.

Relevancy is relative. The hope is that we can better sort concerns and
reduce duplicity. Will this thread, or any thread for that matter,
prove productive? Who knows?! Only time can tell. I for one am glad
when there is 74+ posts of interest on a topic.

T.


#4

On 12/23/06, Gerardo S. Gómez Garrido removed_email_address@domain.invalid
wrote:

I used to read this list. Well, I still do, but less frequently,
because of these long and most of the time unproductive chats.

I used to come here frequently to learn, and was willing to help too.
But there are too many “e-mail chats” I’m not interested on, mixed
with relevant and very insightful ones.

Nowadays I pick some messages here and there to read, looking for gems
in this large pool of irrelevant stuff. Attending ruby-talk is not
pleasant any more.

You know, I feel the same way. I take a look at ruby-talk once a week
– to ‘select all’ and delete 200+ messages. IRC chat in the Ruby
community is no more discursive than the mailing list – and it’s
supposed to be!


#5

Just look at you guys. Talking and talking. It’s the 74th message I
receive from this thread.

Hm. Imagine that! TALKING on ruby-TALK! :wink:

I kid, I kid, but seriously, isn’t this what the list is for at least
partially? I think maybe you and I view the list differently, and
perhaps Tom and I do, too. Either that’s part of the list culture or
they should make a list for you and a list for me so you can do
whatever it is that you would do on a list where you didn’t talk, and
we can get on with our nice chats… :stuck_out_tongue:

–Jeremy


#6

On Dec 23, 2006, at 11:05, Jeremy McAnally wrote:

we can get on with our nice chats… :stuck_out_tongue:
To be honest, the list culture has changed quite a bit since I first
started reading the list. (It seems that my first post was [ruby-
talk:44580] back in July 2002.)

[ruby-talk:1] came 43 months prior (Dec 1998)
[ruby-talk:50000] came just under 2 months later (Sep 2002)
[ruby-talk:100000] came 22 months later (May 2004)
[ruby-talk:150000] came 36 month slater (July 2005)
[ruby-talk:200000] came 48 months later (July 2006)

Between [ruby-talk:50000] and [ruby-talk:100000] there wasn’t nearly
as many threads like this one or the thread that spawned this one.
When there were, they certainly didn’t carry on like they do today.

If there was a long thread back then, it was almost always some
technical discussion.

After or around [ruby-talk:100000] the chattiness of the list
increased drastically. I’d go look for when I first posted about
this many years ago, but I don’t really care.


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