[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 
traffic warrants.

[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.

Not ever.

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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