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