[kwlug-disc] On lowering new member hurdles & comment cards.
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Sat May 8 02:04:27 EDT 2010
Richard Weait wrote, On 05/08/2010 1:43 AM:
> On Sat, May 8, 2010 at 1:16 AM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:
>> On Fri, May 07, 2010 at 11:00:48PM -0400, Paul Nijjar wrote:
>>> - For a couple of years I "mentored" a couple of would-be Linux users
>>> via e-mail. Both of these fellows were highly motivated to use
>>> free software, so this was not a burden. But short of offering to
>>> mentor more people myself, I do not see a good way for these people
>>> to get over that learning hump.
>> The first thing that springs to mind here is a kwlug-mentor mailing
>> list. People who want to help with beginner questions can subscribe
>> and share the load. No question too stupid to ask. No FAQ too
>> frequent to ask again.
> hmmm. Does the mentor-list need to be separated from this
> kwlug-discussion list? Why? Based on too much newbie traffic? If
> the newbie list suffers from the success of too much traffic we should
> move it at that time.
I agree. (Regardless of my last post.) Don't split until and unless
[Well, except, Paul has said to me some list readers have cancelled
over there being too much traffic, late last year.]
> Have we presented this list as being exclusive, or hostile to newbies?
> I hope not.
But ... if the list mechanism works for new members / questions ...
where are they?
Something isn't effective. AFAICT it isn't working. For them.
Could be the medium.
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