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Re: PC: On archives, FAQs and the best possible use of time - human time is more valuable than machine time
- Subject: Re: PC: On archives, FAQs and the best possible use of time - human time is more valuable than machine time
- From: Jerry Jordak <jer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 06:26:19 -0500
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I wasn't going discuss this a lot here, but since Jeremy brought it up,
here's just a few comments on his post:
First, you actually sat down and wrote all that? Wow.... :-)
Your comments about archiving "by hand": I'm actually using the tool
MHonArc, which generates all of the HTML for me. Each of the three months
of archives that I posted took 3-6 seconds each to generate. With a couple
more scripts, I should have the manual archiving part down pretty quickly.
Believe me, I don't plan to spend any more time on this than I have to. :-)
You did mention a FAQ....and while it seems most web site visitors don't
know this, despite the link on the main page and nav bar, my site does have
one at http://pc.smellycat.com/docs/faq.html. Mostly, though, I wrote it to
cut down on repetitive e-mails to me (the site maintainer) instead of the
mailing list. If anyone wants to take that list and run with it and
generate a more thorough FAQ, let me know...I don't have a problem with that.
Also note that the archive is sorted by thread within each of the months. I
could have put the entire list into one giant archive page, but the first
four years generated an index page of a meg and a half, and that was even
slow loading on my local PC, much less over a 56K modem.
Good comments, though. I'll see what the rest of the world thinks.
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