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Old 07-31-2006, 08:24 PM   #1
jeremy
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As you probably know, LQ recently celebrated its 6th year of service. I'd like to take this time to reflect on how you think we're doing. Do you think there is an area we can improve or should focus on? Is there a new site we should be looking into developing? Do you think you have a constructive comment for us? We want to know. Please use this thread to post your thoughts on where were are and where we should be going. I'll reiterate what I've said time and time again - it's the members that make LQ what it is and we really do listen to what you have to say. Thanks.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-31-2006, 09:19 PM   #2
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search timeout

i dislike the 40 seconds you have to wait in between searches... i've mis-typed more phrases than i'd care to mention and i'm made to wait 40 secs before i can resubmit my query.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 09:22 PM   #3
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With the recent hardware upgrades, I've cut that time in half. If things look OK from there, we can likely go ever lower.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-31-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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Be able to mark Questions as Unresolved.

The search for questions with 0 replies is Good.

But unfortunately it masks a lot of Questions that have a reply or three, but haven't actually been resolved.

It would be nice to have a button to click to mark a thread as still open and unresolved.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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Ruby/Java/C/C++/... Questions.org

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Is there a new site we should be looking into developing? Do you think you have a constructive comment for us?
You have a Good Formula here that works and works well. Perhaps just expand it a trifle into particular language / application domains.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 12:18 AM   #6
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Suggestions on the LQ forum

Hello,everyone.

Long story short,I have the following suggestions to the LQ forum:

1.Construct a new tutorial page according to the distro then technology manner.

2.Divide the programming forum according to the programming type.For example,Java,PHP,Perl...

By now,I have the above suggestions to the LQ forum.First of all,the first suggestion is good for navigation because I think the tutorial page seems like messy in LQ.If you can divide the tutorial page according to the distro then technology or vice versa,then it would be great.For example,Wi-Fi->Slackware,Fedora,SUSE...Finally,I think most of the Linux administrator knows how to program.However,when I want to post a programming question,I feel kinda chaos in the programming forum beause all programming problems put in a forum.In my opinion,the programming forum should be further divided to programming type like Java,PHP,Perl,Python and so on.That would be much more tidy.

Except the above suggestions,I strongly think that LQ forum is the way where I can find my answer on Linux problems.

Last edited by Swift&Smart; 08-01-2006 at 12:19 AM.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 12:44 AM   #7
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Swift&Smart,

Your posts would be easier to read if you put a space after punctuation marks.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 03:34 AM   #8
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I disagree about dividing the programming forum up- you just need to put in the language keyword in the title.

it's a very good site, and there are no gaping holes in the service.

titanium_geek
 
Old 08-01-2006, 06:16 AM   #9
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suggestions and feedback

Hi LQ/members,

I have been using linux for about 6mths now and I am totally converted from MS.

LQ has been a massive source of help and support. I know you have the wiki but I think you should have certain dedicated sections for the below:

1> turbo charging your system
2> how to add all restricted formats
3> repositories explained
4> installing internal modems and graphics cards
5> tips and tricks
6> how to install linux, user guide to partitioning etc


Also a scripts section would be good where members could upload and download useful shell scripts.


I think these topics need to be addressed and it would be very good if complete sections of LQ could be dedicated to these, especially for newbies.

Take a look at Ubuntu.com. Their help sections are simply an inspiration. This is why Ubuntu have managed to cover so much ground so quickly for a reletively new distro.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 08:05 AM   #10
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The VIEW NEW POSTS button should search only in the same "Tree" that you are actually are.

As I'm working with SuSE

Example:
LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux > Linux - Distributions - Suse/Novell

It should search only in the "Suse Novell" -Tree.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 08:29 AM   #11
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shortcut keys

having my right hand go back and forth from my keyboard to my mouse feels heavy on my shoulder as my mouse is placed above and not beside my keyboard. maybe adding some shortcuts to the pages at least for the reply will be nice. also perhaps set an option for users if they want shortcuts enabled or not.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 08:55 AM   #12
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Thanks for the feedback (keep it coming). Let me address some of the responses so far, in no particular order.

- Dividing tutorials up into too fine grained topics we've found to be too confusing. Dividing them into distributions is just not possible since many articles will apply to all distros, some apply to many distros and some apply to a limited number of distros. It's just not a solution that scales.

- I'm glad some members think there are no gaping holes (and I'd tend to agree ), but I think we can always look to improve.

- WRT adding sections to the wiki - don't forget that one great thing about the wiki is that if you think something should be added, you can add it. The LQ Wiki is a collection of what the participants think is important. Don't be afraid to jump in!

- We do have shortcut keys for many thing here at LQ.

- You can limit view new posts to specific forums, but I think having that be the default would cause confusion.

--jeremy
 
Old 08-01-2006, 09:49 AM   #13
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Quote:
LQ recently celebrated its 6th year of service
Are you serious? Really? Has it been that long? Wow...

I think overall the forums are in great shape, great activity, everything is working fine. (I have to agree though that the 40 second rule sucks big time. I should add threads to my bookmarks at del.icio.us instead of using search to find answers and scripts I saw in the past)

Lookin' great. Now, all we need is a few more articles to explain things as mentionned above like partitionning, how linux works overall, commandline tutorial, and everything should be good.

However, while I'm at it, I'll mention that most people are affraid of commandline. Heck, when that USB floppy my buddy passed me with a disk in it wouldn't detect yesterday automatically in ubuntu, I just wrote right there in the command line a few commands to get it working and mounted. An observer commented that a headache was on it's way. I earlier had to use command line again to tell linux which "default" essid I was trying to access with the WEP key specified, (iwconfig ath0 essid default key lalala ap 00:11:22:33:44:55), something the existing GUI couldn't do. It's no problem to me, but potential users are affraid of commandline. I have to say the graphical interface improved though, but we are not there yet. I made a similar comment about Linux last year, during a thread similar to this, and I'm making it again.

Besides the above, as far as LQ is doing, it's doing fine and very well, very healthy and active.

Keep up the good work jeremy & the mods.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 09:52 AM   #14
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I agree

Quote:
Originally Posted by cyent
The search for questions with 0 replies is Good.

But unfortunately it masks a lot of Questions that have a reply or three, but haven't actually been resolved.

It would be nice to have a button to click to mark a thread as still open and unresolved.
I agree with Cyent. It would be nice if people could mark their thread as "resolved" and people could search by unresolved problems.

The trouble with this idea is you would get a lot of false-positives because most people would be too lazy to flag their thread as resolved. Perhaps an ingenius person could come up with a solution to this problem.
 
Old 08-01-2006, 10:21 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rundi
I agree with Cyent. It would be nice if people could mark their thread as "resolved" and people could search by unresolved problems.

The trouble with this idea is you would get a lot of false-positives because most people would be too lazy to flag their thread as resolved. Perhaps an ingenius person could come up with a solution to this problem.
Right,
I think also that the "Tread-opener" should have the right to mark it as resolved and noone can more answer.
 
  


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