kristoff at GENBANK.BIO.NET
Wed Dec 18 15:52:31 EST 1991
> I brought this up earlier, but perhaps not as clear as how I'll try to put
> it now. (Again), What about a "bionet.help.dir" which is posted as a non-
> posting board by the readership but only by a moderator? The first posting
> could serve as a "directory" of sorts which contains the article # for
> various FAQs; the FAQs themselves are posted in individual and subsequent
> articles/postings. In this way someone could read the directory (i.e.,
> first posting of the board to which they could always return to by its
> article #, i.e., read "xxx") and see what article # pertained to a subject
> of interest, then go to that article using "read #xxxx".
This looks like it might service USENET users but what about the
e-mail crew? I think that novice users who are hooked in by e-mail
would respond more postively to something that they receive in their
mail on a, say, monthly basis, than to something that they need to
query an e-mail server for.
> I know DAVE K. has offered a FAQ sheet; does this mean that it will be
> posted periodically?
Yes, just as the BIOSCI info sheet is now.
> Would you have to scan the entire sheet before you
> find your question of interest?
There seems to be little way to avoid this, but a table of contents
can help. I don't want to assume that the reader knows any kind of
searching/indexing techniques. Breaking the mesage up into many parts
would annoy people that don't want to read the FAQ (they'd have to
delete many e-mail messages instead of one).
> Is what I've suggested above not feasible? Individual help/postings could
> be added easily. When someone asks about a FAQ which doesn't appear on the
> directory listing, it could be added (sent to the moderator) with the same
> effort of addressing that one person. The directory could look something
> FAQ TOPIC ARTICLE #
> <<<<DIRECTORY>>>> 1
> 1. POSTING ETIQUETTE 2
> a. Bionet boards to post to
> b. What should be/not be posted
> c. How to post
> 2. Archival Sites 3
> a. What are they?
> b. Where are they?
> c. What is their coverage area?
The stuff above is reasonable for a BIOSCI usage FAQ sheet; the
following material is more appropriate for a BIO-SOFTWARE FAQ sheet
which is not what I am volunteering to put together. This would be a
nice piece of public service work for someone else with more time
available than I.
> 3. File Transfer Protocols (FTPing) 4
> a. How to FTP (send/get files)
> b. What to do once you access an
> archival site (i.e., how
> do you find their directory?)
> 4. What is WAIS? 5
> 5. What are Zip files? How to use them? 6
> 6. When files are sent to you in several 7
> parts, how do you concatenate them?
> 7. What are uuencoded files? How to use them? 8
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