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Keeping old active discussion alive (a/o archived)

Joel,

Could you provide a link to 'old' discussion: specially the ones that were very active. They now just dissapear of the list! I one I can access them using the original article (for some of them).

For example I would like to (re-)read some aspects of pair programming but can't find the subject anymore in the list of discussions...

Maybe you could keep an archive or otherwise just a list with 'most active' since I'm not really interested in the ones with 1 or 2 replies.

Regards,

  Tjipke

Tjipke A. van der Plaats
Friday, January 18, 2002

I've already wrote an email to Joel on 9th January 2002 with the following contents:

Hello Joel,

I'm a regular reader of your website(s) and it's discussion forum(s). I like the way the postings are threaded but your self made forum software lacks an archive with old postings (the ones not shown on index.html).

I hope you'll be able to find time for this feature between developing FogCreek commercial products and writing. It would be very useful because there are very useful things you and other people posted.

Best regards.
BM

BM
Friday, January 18, 2002

The messages are still being stored.  You can get to them by entering the post id into the http query.  For example:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=1000

No index though.

Ged Byrne
Friday, January 18, 2002

Ironically enough, our last discussion of this point has scrolled off the list.

I believe the response from Fog Creek was essentially "This system is good enough to meet our needs from the forums."

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it...

Mike Gunderloy
Friday, January 18, 2002

The search works.

TK
Friday, January 18, 2002

Good enough if you already know it's there, I suppose. I just found the site, and would really like to read through the archives.

tangram
Friday, January 18, 2002

The article archives link to the discussions related to specific articles.

Ged Byrne
Friday, January 18, 2002

Yeah. 

I like the software here (it's simple, which is good).  However, I learned almost 20 years ago as a CompuServe sysop that you should scroll off threads based on the date of the NEWEST message in the thread, not on the date of the OLDEST message in the thread.  It works much better because active discussions stay alive and dead discussions disappear.

Chris

Chris Dunford
Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Considering the amount of interesting stuff that gets puored into these forums, I think that a Wiki would work better.

Just an idea.

Beka Pantone
Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Here are various stats on the whol JOS discussion forum.

http://www.usabilitymustdie.com/jos/WW_MonthlyStats.html

Chris McEvoy
Friday, October 11, 2002

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