Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ed Vielmetti emv at msen.com
Tue Jul 9 14:55:50 EST 1991


>Wouldn't it be nice if there were an automatic way to obtain FAQ information
>from the news reader directly?  

If there's a big pile of reference materials concerning the BIONET
newsgroups, I'd think that WAIS would be a good mechanism to store the
data in.  WAIS (Wide Area Information Server, from Brewster Kahle at
Thinking Machines) lets you do full text searches on documents where
you get back not a boolean "yes or no" but a ranking scale as to how
appropriate the document was to your search.  You'd store things like
frequently asked questions, bibliographies, reference lists, ftp site
lists etc in a WAIS server somewhere; ideally the documents would be
rich with the particular jargon of the field.

The thought occurs to me that someone looking for the right newsgroup
to post to could run a quick WAIS search before and see which
newsgroup postings yielded the most hits -- that would give you an
idea of where the discussion is going on so you target your posting
most effectively.

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quake.think.com
total 5561
drwxrwxrwx  3 14           1024 Jul  7 07:17 wais-discussion
-rw-rw-rw-  1 1637       635857 Jun 21 21:50 WAIStation-Canned-Demo.sit.hqx
-r--r--r--  1 14         463981 Jun 13 20:44 wais-8-b1.tar.Z
-rw-rw-r--  1 1556       475161 May 21 18:43 wais-8-a12-3.tar.Z
-rw-rw-rw-  1 1637       635225 May 16 03:01 WAIStation-0-62.sit.hqx
-rw-rw-rw-  1 999        321268 May 13 20:48 wais-ir12.ZU
-rw-rw-rw-  1 14         409388 Apr  5 00:44 wais-8-a11.tar.Z
-rw-rw-rw-  1 1637      1094536 Mar 28 00:37 WAIStation-0-62-Sources.sit.hqx
-rw-rw-rw-  1 14        1070714 Mar 23 01:24 WAIStation-0-61.sit.hqx
-rw-rw-rw-  1 14         475815 Mar 23 01:19 wais-8-a10.tar.Z
found wais ok
quake.think.com:/pub/wais/



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