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[REBOL] Re: More Re: [RSL/UHURU discussion]

From: gjones05::mail::orion::org at: 26-May-2001 7:39

From: "Joel Neely"
> There's room enough for both! You work on the first, and > some of the rest of us will work on the second. (And any > time Carl provides a better solution than what's in the > library, I'll be the first to say, "Here's a better way!")
I contemplated the two sides of the coin yesterday evening, and realized that the community does need both. A lot of my learning occurs just like Volker is describing. There are several FAQ's and How-To's spread around. Some of these contain positively golden nuggets. The problem I have currently, is that I remember running across a hint, but I can't remember where it was. Furthermore, given that I learn one thing, I forget another, I can't even remember who all is maintaining FAQ-ettes and How-To's. Like, I know that Allen's site has a /View FAQ, and some explanatory articles on select topics. Brett's site has distilled some of the knowledge farmed from the list. REBOL's site has various bits and bytes of documentation that is "spread around" (my characterization added for dramatic purposes ;), and the desktop has lead-ins to demos and sites with code examples. And, of course, the list is archived in total at escribe. And on, and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum... But, wow, where was that reference to how to collect cgi HTTP posts that are larger than 4k? So, I have to start surfing. By the time I finished surfing, I usually could have figured it out myself. But, what a waste of effort. There is no unified location. Of course, I could ask the list, but, unless someone just happens to remember *exactly* where the snippet is, the answerer has to expend some time and energy to collect and answer. And, of course, the same question gets asked time and time again, because it *is* a good question. What Volker describes would be like a super-FAQ/HowTo. It would be a very nice addition to the community, but it is a project with a different scope than the RSL/UHURU project in my mind. (Aside: scary thought about what resides in my mind! ;) If RT dedicated one official page of reference links (like the page) that were also kept up-to-date and were organized, the problem might not be so bad. The only other short-term solution would be to have our own special purpose REBOL sites search engine (Hey, yet another REBsite). But I think the grand-unified Volker creation would be better in the long run --- a long standing, current, up-to-date, organized repository of snippets/howtos/etc. I know that this monlogue has drifted way off topic, but not really, though, because Volker has a great idea that is being diluted by being included in this library thread. Yes, Joel, we need both solutions. May I get another cup of coffee? Maybe I've had enough already! --Scott Jones