xml-dev volume (was: On the record?)

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Mon Sep 13 20:52:20 BST 1999

Tim Bray wrote:
> At 02:02 PM 9/13/99 -0400, Ann Navarro wrote:
> >If anyone is seriously expecting a titillating expose  to come out of this
> >"hot tip" that's going to "bring down XHTML" and those dastardly "rigid and
> >unreasonable" W3C and HTML WG people , I dare say you're going to be deeply
> >disappointed (based on current feedback from the reporter involved).
> Yeah, I hear the poor guy went and actually tried to read through
> the xml-dev archive, and has since been dragged away whimpering by burly
> men in white coats.  -T.

Strikes me that XML-DEV has enough traffic to need some intelligent
way to filter the wheat from the chaff ... that way folk like this
reporter (and frankly, me :-) could get more of the benefit with
less of the time.  Some models for this come quickly to mind:

	- The Linux kernel developer's list gets lots of traffic;
	  the digests for 1-Sept were 400 KB.  There's a weekly
	  web publication "kernel traffic", where one person does
	  a reasonable job of summarizing and highlighting the main
	  threads.  Easier to read that than the list!

	- At slashdot.org there's a discussion system which has a
	  group moderation system which often seems to work rather
	  well in highlighting important comments.  Such a system
	  could be used on a "view" of the list archives.

So I'm wondering whether doing something along these lines for xml-dev
might not be useful to many folk.

(Note:  this really is a "random idea" ... the white coats may be
necessary in part because of the type of content, but volume is
surely also an issue!)

- Dave

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