[REBOL] [ANN] Indexing the Mailing List
From: SunandaDH::aol::com at: 8-May-2004 18:04
Have you ever tried to find an old message in a mailing list -- say one
that you remember as crucial, but you just can't track down?
It's a common problem with many mailing lists. Literally 1000s of hours
of advice and experience; and the messages might as well be deleted
after 24 hours for all the use they are to anyone tomorrow.
For the REBOL mailing list, there are valuable full-text indexes,
such a Graham's two projects:
A problem with any full-text index is that it only knows
what a thread *says*, not what it *means*.
So, this announcement is about an initiative that attempts
to add some meaning to the REBOL Mailing List archive.
For a while there has been a "topic index" on the Mailing List archive, eg:
That indexes threads that have *topic tags* in their subject line.
It's a quick way, in theory, to get to threads that are *about* a topic,
rather than just contain a specific word.
But few threads have been tagged by their initial poster in that way.
So the existing index is a little sparse.
Now, thanks to an initiative from Gerard, any thread can be
retro-actively tagged. One day soon that webpage may be a
comprehensive index of themes that have been discussed on
the Mailing List.
That would make the nearly 40,000 messages in over 8300 threads
suddenly more accessible. A relatively dead archive will become
a live resource.
HELP! JOIN THE TAG TEAM
For that to happen, we need a few people who'd like to join the
tag team, and tag up existing threads.
That probably won't take more than five minutes of your time
a day or so a week over the next month or two.
You might want to spare a little time to help because you already have
a "crucial thread list" and this would be one way to make that
public. Or maybe you support or promote a product, and could help to
index all threads about it under one heading. Or you'd just like
to join a fun team on an interesting project.
Whatever the reason, if it's something you'd like to know a bit more about,
please take a look at:
Or ask me more,