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Re: emacs stackexchange beta site

From: Rainer M Krug
Subject: Re: emacs stackexchange beta site
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:33:30 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (darwin)

Emanuel Berg <> writes:

> Artur Malabarba <> writes:
>>> It is great that site materialized.
>> It is. It's a chance to give specialized answers in
>> a way that's relatively permanent with respect to
>> googling. It's also an excuse for the lazy to post
>> very basic questions without going through the
>> trouble of even a single search, but you can't have
>> everything I suppose. :-)
> There was a lengthy discussion as to the
> permanent/Google/lazy aspects of it all, well, more
> opinions back-and-forth I should say. Probably it'll
> be interesting to you if you didn't already read it.
>>> Seriously, is there a link from that site to our
>>> support-line and/or feud-o-rena here? Both the
>>> listbot and the newsgroup should be
>>> mentioned, I think!
>> The community there will soon start deciding things
>> like what to put in the FAQ page. Things like the
>> mailing list and the wiki are sure to be there.
> Don't forget this is also a USENET (NNTP) newsgroup -
> - which can be accessed in the full
> sweetness of things with Gnus (which I hope will be an
> often-visited tag on your site!).
>>> If they would communicate with us perhaps it would
>>> be simpler to make an interface (or partial
>>> interface to begin with),
>> As in..?
> I can think of dozens of things. Links are the first
> step. But then... There has been so much material on
> this list/group. How do you reference particularly
> interesting posts? Indeed, how do you find them? How
> do we access your site in a way that isn't to
> far-fetched from what we are used to? For example,
> does it require JavaScript? Does it play well with
> Emacs-w3m and other in-Emacs browsing alternatives?
> Using the site from and with Emacs should be a
> objective from day one, don't you think? Thinking big
> (although it isn't big in terms of technology if the
> wish is there, at least not in terms of reading) - can
> it be integrated with the message-mode, with Gnus and
> RMAIL? For example, why don't you generate a mail once
> a week with all the new questions and post it here?
> There are just tons of things that are worth
> checking/trying out. (There was already a guy here who
> did a question-based interface to the SX sites - it
> was about parsing the HTML and showing the results in
> plain text - I remember many people were delighted and
> it seemed to work well but I didn't hear from him
> since.)

There is the SOS package, which allows to search the stackexchange site
and returns the result in org format - but no posting from there.

> What I hope for the future of computing is
> UI-agnostic: some guy likes USENET, some other guy
> likes SX, some guy likes CLI, some guy GUI, some the
> keyboard, some the mouse, and so on. Why fight about
> it? Just make the data independent from all that and
> then have everyone access it and interact with it any
> way and with any tool he or she desires.
> Here is an example right here:
> U+1F44D is the Unicode for "THUMBS UP" [1].
> I'm on another kind of system than most people so I
> can't see it. But I can still insert it (`C-x 8 RET
> 1f44d RET') - I hope (do you see it?):
> 👍
> You see. It is not that difficult :)
> Anyway, good luck!
> [1]

Rainer M. Krug
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