Making the most of this mailing list.

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) ethnopunk at
Wed Jan 6 17:06:29 UTC 2010

Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:
> On Wed, January 6, 2010 11:47, p.echols at wrote:
> [snip]
> P. Echols wrote some very good suggestions to make the most efficient use
> of this mailing list. All of his suggestions, and more, can also be found
> in
> "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way"
> by Eric Steven Raymond (ESR) and Rick Moen
> (I suppose that PE already knows about this page)
> I consider these the "standard" guidelines for asking questions on any
> technical mailing list, newsgroup, forum or irc channel.
> A caution to impatient readers: in printed form it is about 20 pages long,
> but it is really worth reading.
> Other interesting reading material from Eric S. Raymond includes The
> Jargon File (
> also published as
> Guy L. Steele, Eric S. Raymond, eds. (1996). The New Hacker's Dictionary
> (3rd ed.). MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-68092-0.
> Not a necessary read, but quite funny.
> More ESR on

Thank you for posting this. Didn't realise ESR was so prolific. Perhaps 
these links should be up on the wiki? Am assuming there is a page for 
this list?


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