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From: chris:starforge:demon at: 8-Jun-2001 11:32

Carl Read wrote:
> The difference with a mailing list like this though is that they're > usually asking questions or responding to discussions started by > those questions. That they do respond to questions though shows the > way forward, I think. Someone needs to ask programmer X to write > article Y about subject Z, else it probably won't get written.
Exactly. I used to write monthly articles for an online mag, and the problem I had was actually thinking of something to talk about. In a slow month I'd be trying to come up with something interesting even on the day before the deadline. Maybe there should be a "theme", or a number of themes, to each issue, and the next issue's themes are advertised at the end of the current issue. Say something like: Next Issue: CGI techniques - POST or GET? What are they and how do I process them? - Baking and eating cookies: pitfalls and possibilities - Useful tricks for debugging CGI scripts That way people can worry about the solutions, rather than thinking up the problems as well ;) Just my 2p... /me goes to subscribe to the /zine list... Chris