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jeremy 06-26-2016 02:04 PM

LinuxQuestions.org Turns Sixteen
 
I'm proud to announce that over the weekend LQ turned 16! Id like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation and feedback. While there is always room for improvement, that LQ has remained a friendly and welcoming place for new Linux members despite its size is a testament to the community.

To say that feedback has been absolutely critical to our success is an understatement. With that in mind, I'd like to use this thread to collect as much feedback as possible about LQ. What are we doing well and where can we improve? Where are we failing? What can we do to ensure long time members remain engaged and willing to help? What can we do to ensure new members feel welcome? What new features or sections would you like to see? What should we be doing differently? When giving your feedback, please remember that LQ will be updated to the next generation code platform, hopefully some time this year (at this point, we've put it off way too long). To get a peek at what that platform will be like, please visit http://www.ChromeOSQuestions.org/forum.php. Feedback on that site is very much welcome as well.

As part of our 16 year anniversary, we'll be randomly selecting 16 posts from this thread and upgrading that member to "Contributing Member" status for one year. Stay tuned, and thanks again for being a member. Together, I think we can make LQ even better.

--jeremy

linustalman 06-26-2016 03:42 PM

Hi Jeremy. Congrats to all.

NathanBasanese 06-26-2016 04:01 PM

// , I'm a bit new, here, but what could forums like LinuxQuestions.org can learn from sites like StackOverflow.com and GitHub.com?

Smokey_justme 06-26-2016 04:56 PM

Happy Birthday! Now make me a sandwich...

hydrurga 06-26-2016 05:13 PM

Well done to all at Linux Questions. It's been great to be involved here with so many people's knowledge and advice to draw on.

I personally love the forum as it is and wouldn't like to see it upgraded to a format such as the ChromeOSQuestions forum has. I know that the move will be inevitable, probably due to mobile/tablet accessibility etc., but I was almost blinded when I opened the ChromeOSQuestions site. So much white, everywhere! Horrible. I hope at least that there's a changeable theme option.

timl 06-26-2016 05:24 PM

Thank YOU Jeremy for this wonderful resource.

I am always aware of an impending LQ birthday as it coincides with my own. So happy birthday to both of us.

jeremy 06-26-2016 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hydrurga (Post 5566629)

I personally love the forum as it is and wouldn't like to see it upgraded to a format such as the ChromeOSQuestions forum has. I know that the move will be inevitable, probably due to mobile/tablet accessibility etc., but I was almost blinded when I opened the ChromeOSQuestions site. So much white, everywhere! Horrible. I hope at least that there's a changeable theme option.

As mentioned previously, the color scheme will not be changing.

--jeremy

jeremy 06-26-2016 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NathanBasanese (Post 5566598)
// , I'm a bit new, here, but what could forums like LinuxQuestions.org can learn from sites like StackOverflow.com and GitHub.com?

We have a SO-like site as part of The Questions Network, but a Q&A site and a forum follow a very different paradigm and have different goals.

--jeremy

frankbell 06-27-2016 12:22 AM

I first stumbled over LQ in response to a web search shortly after I started to use Linux when I was oh so much younger.

I registered as a member when I had a question to which I could not easily find an answer anywhere else. Natch, I found the answer here. Four or five years later, I worked up the nerve to answer a question, rather than just to ask one. (Then I set out to move past the "LQ Newbie" designation, but that's another story.)

LQ is the friendliest Linux site on the world wide web.

Jeremy and the others who have made it so deserve the gratitude of every Linux user, even those who have not yet discovered LQ.

LQ helps make Linux accessible.

notKlaatu 06-27-2016 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NathanBasanese (Post 5566598)
I'm a bit new, here, but what could forums like LinuxQuestions.org can learn from sites like StackOverflow.com and GitHub.com?

Another question would be what can SO and Github learn from a site like linuxquestions? LQ is personal, it's populated by people with real world experience in a stunningly wide range of Linux topics. The specialisation here is tremendous.

Sure, unix.stackexchange.com is good, but it's still part of the stack exchange network, and inherits a lot of the culture from that: this means that a lot of the focus is on scoring points and earning XP, and not really caring about the people behind the problems or solutions. I don't see much collaboration aside from commenting, which tend to get lost in themselves unless they are explicitly incorporated into answers.

What SO and Github lack, in my humble opinion, is the personal, invested interest in solving Linux and Unix specific issues.

What we (LQ) could learn: I'd say the only thing LQ could learn is the really obvious "this is the accepted answer" highlighting that SO uses, and maybe the eventual culling of social and non-informational threads.

Turbocapitalist 06-27-2016 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5566658)
We have a SO-like site as part of The Questions Network, but a Q&A site and a forum follow a very different paradigm and have different goals.

--jeremy

I find the open-ended forum more useful for the most part. For beginner and intermediate level questions, it is the best. Though with a lot of edge-case situations, it still comes down to solving a problem by oneself.

ponce 06-27-2016 03:48 PM

for it's a jolly good forum...

frankbell 06-27-2016 11:41 PM

Quote:

Sure, unix.stackexchange.com is good, but it's still part of the stack exchange network, and inherits a lot of the culture from that: this means that a lot of the focus is on scoring points and earning XP, and not really caring about the people behind the problems or solutions.
(Grin) I've found answers to lots of Linux Questions at StackExchange and quite happily posted the links here, but I've never felt the twinge to participate there.

LQ does "community" right, and that is because of the LQ community and those who created and guide it.

hydrurga 06-28-2016 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ponce (Post 5567025)
for it's a jolly good forum...

... and so say all of us!

linustalman 06-28-2016 09:50 AM

A suggestion:

Show avatars for all users.

linustalman 06-28-2016 09:52 AM

Another suggestion:

Show most users ever online stat on main forum webpage.

hydrurga 06-28-2016 11:32 AM

Is there any chance that we could have sub-forums dedicated to specific desktop environments in the same way that we have distro-specific sub-forums?

I have, for example, a KDE issue at the moment and a KDE sub-forum would be the perfect place for it.

HMW 06-28-2016 11:44 AM

Happy birthday, and thanks for the, uhm, excellence!

Quote:

Originally Posted by notKlaatu (Post 5566759)
Another question would be what can SO and Github learn from a site like linuxquestions? LQ is personal, it's populated by people with real world experience in a stunningly wide range of Linux topics. The specialisation here is tremendous.

Sure, unix.stackexchange.com is good, but it's still part of the stack exchange network, and inherits a lot of the culture from that: this means that a lot of the focus is on scoring points and earning XP, and not really caring about the people behind the problems or solutions. I don't see much collaboration aside from commenting, which tend to get lost in themselves unless they are explicitly incorporated into answers.

I agree 100% with notKlaatu. Please don't look to stack.* for inspiration. The elitism there is off putting, to say the least.

Again, happy birthday, and thank you for all the hard work to jeremy, the moderators and all the awesome users!

Best regards,
HMW

jeremy 06-28-2016 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hydrurga (Post 5567416)
Is there any chance that we could have sub-forums dedicated to specific desktop environments in the same way that we have distro-specific sub-forums?

I have, for example, a KDE issue at the moment and a KDE sub-forum would be the perfect place for it.

We have no plans for this, but your KDE question is welcome in the current structure. Linux - Desktop probably makes the most sense, but based on the question other fora may fit as well.

--jeremy

jeremy 06-28-2016 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LinusStallman (Post 5567368)
A suggestion:

Show avatars for all users.

This has been discussed before. We have no plan to add avatar support to LQ. Depending on your usergroup, however, you can add a profile picture.

--jeremy

cyent 06-28-2016 05:26 PM

Congratulations and thanks!

I much prefer LQ community to Stack Overflow, much more pleasant and useful.

What other features? A flag perhaps to mark a question as "Not Solved yet". There are many "answered" questions, which still await a solution.

Perhaps set it so _any_ reply marks it as "solved", unless the poster comes back and sets it "Not Solved Yet".

hydrurga 06-28-2016 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyent (Post 5567572)
Congratulations and thanks!

I much prefer LQ community to Stack Overflow, much more pleasant and useful.

What other features? A flag perhaps to mark a question as "Not Solved yet". There are many "answered" questions, which still await a solution.

Perhaps set it so _any_ reply marks it as "solved", unless the poster comes back and sets it "Not Solved Yet".

Sometimes the OP takes a long while to come back after their original post (often I imagine that many post their threads just before setting off on a long trek into the Amazon where there's no internet coverage ;)). Also, the second post may be the OP clarifying the original post. But, more often than not, the second post is merely someone else asking for info regarding the question itself. In my opinion, a thread shouldn't be marked solved unless the OP feels that it is.

I think that the answer is for us, the community, to be on the ball and remember to invite posters to mark the thread as "Solved" when we feel that the poster's question has indeed been answered. It's something new posters sometimes forget to do and it's up to us to remind them.

DaneM 06-29-2016 01:49 AM

Kudos and some feedback
 
Congratulations! This site has been instrumental in teaching me Linux, since shortly after its inception, and it's wonderful to be able to keep learning and sharing knowledge.

I have two suggestions to make this site even better. The first is probably the easiest to implement.

SOLUTION-POST TAGGING
What if we had an option for the OP to mark a specific post as the solution? Then, insert a bold/obvious link to that solution under the original post. That way, it will be easy to jump to the solution, instead of having to "hunt" for it, if you think you have the same/a related problem. This has been done elsewhere, but such places seem to de-emphasize the discussion leading to the solution. I believe that such discussion is one of LQ's strengths. Nevertheless, sometimes, one just wants a problem "fixed right now", and an easy road-map to what has worked for someone else is always nice.

CROSS-SITE SEARCHES
Sometimes, despite the massive knowledge-base that is LQ, one has to go hunting on distro-specific sites to get the most up-to-date solutions for certain problems. (One could always make a new post, here, but step 1 is to search for a solution on your own, right?) What if we were to have a cross-site search option, in case someone doesn't see a solution or relevant question already posted on LQ? It would be less-used option, of course, to conserve system resources; but we, as the Linux community, could definitely use a way to search, for example, all Debian-derived distro sites for a solution to a Debian-derivative question. (Also Fedora-derived, Arch-derived, etc.) This might be implemented via a prompt to the effect of, "can't find what you're looking for?" on, say, the 3rd page of LQ results. What's more, LQ could reach out to the admins of these other sites, and offer a similar mechanism for their members to search LQ posts, as well. Essentially, "all the knowledge in all the places". Cool, right?

Thanks, Jeremy, Moderators, and everyone for all your work.

JZL240I-U 06-29-2016 02:10 AM

Happy birthday, and thank you for all the hard work to Jeremy, the moderators and all the awesome users from me, too!

Actually I don't see much potential for improvements ... just stay LQ :D.

jeremy 06-29-2016 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaneM (Post 5567739)
SOLUTION-POST TAGGING
What if we had an option for the OP to mark a specific post as the solution? Then, insert a bold/obvious link to that solution under the original post. That way, it will be easy to jump to the solution, instead of having to "hunt" for it, if you think you have the same/a related problem. This has been done elsewhere, but such places seem to de-emphasize the discussion leading to the solution. I believe that such discussion is one of LQ's strengths. Nevertheless, sometimes, one just wants a problem "fixed right now", and an easy road-map to what has worked for someone else is always nice.

We do this now, but in a slightly different way. There are a couple problems with requiring the OP to mark a post as a solution: 1) The majority of OPs will not do so. 2) It requires them knowing it was the correct solution (which for some members will be problematic) and 3) as the correct solution changes over time, the OP would have to unmark the old solution and select the new one. The alternative we have is to use "Did you find this post helpful". After a certain number of helpful clicks, the most helpful post will be shown directly under the OP. This allows LQ members to surface the solution at the top with no interaction needed from the OP.

--jeremy

DaneM 06-29-2016 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5567990)
After a certain number of helpful clicks, the most helpful post will be shown directly under the OP. This allows LQ members to surface the solution at the top with no interaction needed from the OP.

I hadn't realized that. Nice!

SteveInTallyFL 06-29-2016 02:56 PM

Yes, thanks Jeremy, for leading the site that has saved my <<insert unhealthy dietary item used as a metaphor for risk here>>. We look forward to more questions asked and answered....

donnellyjc 06-29-2016 07:56 PM

It has been a Grand Sixteen Years!!
 
Happy Birthday, congrats on making it this far. Looking forward to you being around for a long time.
You have been a help for me over the years and I have been pleased to help out in the past.

I was a UNIX Systems Administrator for over thirty years. I am retired now but still have a couple of Linux and Solaris systems that I keep my fingers in.

I will continue to lurk in the background and offer my two bits when I can.

Thanks for being there.

-chris

jefro 06-29-2016 09:48 PM

Happy Birthday.

chal 06-30-2016 11:56 AM

Yaĺl'doin jess fahn. I got me sum good info outta dis site,since I bin comin'roun, cuz dis site is outta site. Keep up da good woik!

fatmac 06-30-2016 01:49 PM

Well now - you've been going almost as long as I have been using Linux on a daily basis - so I guess you're doing something right! :)

I don't pop in as much as I used to, mainly because I'm happy with the way I use Linux & BSD, & I am falling behind with what is going on, so I'm not able to help as much as I used to be able to.

(I'm very much used to using a command line for doing some things, & don't know the 'new' ways, that most are now using. ;) )

Bourbon 06-30-2016 02:30 PM

I don't have been reading all the posts here, hoping to be properly understand which kind of contribution (feedback) Jeremy asking, as simple LinuxQuestions Forum user I can say that the Forum itself is a great service, what possibly is wrong here is'nt fault of the Forum. I mean: especially for noobs is important to get a nice welcome. After some years of Linux experience I can say that kindness, good manners and welcome are not heritage of all distros out there. If I go looking for help to the "X" distro forum and I receive good treatment everything is fine, kudos for the forum; but if I go to the "Y" forum and specialist of that one are people mentally disturbed giving bad treatment to the noobs is'nt LinuxQuestions fault.
Yes, we have "button" to report bad behaviour, rude answers etc. but it is really working? I mean (personal experience) if I get a rude answer by a senior user (many stars, etc.) really that button works? - I don't know, because after using it I did'nt receive any news by the Forum and any apologies message by that "guru".
Simply, I stopped using LinuxQuestions, keeping the subscription because I don't have nothing against the Forum, even I understand that some people are just frustrated that's why they acting like that.
So, no problem, the Forum is good as it is right now and I take the occasion to say "thank you" to Jeremy and people keeping LinuxQuestions alive.

Best Regards

jeremy 06-30-2016 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bourbon (Post 5568540)
Yes, we have "button" to report bad behaviour, rude answers etc. but it is really working? I mean (personal experience) if I get a rude answer by a senior user (many stars, etc.) really that button works? - I don't know, because after using it I did'nt receive any news by the Forum and any apologies message by that "guru".

We do read each and every report, and act on the majority of them. That said, it doesn't appear you've ever used the Report button.

--jeremy

Bourbon 06-30-2016 03:43 PM

@Jeremy: - Thank you for your answer; I swear I have been using it once in my life, some years ago. I could indicate the thread too but don't think is important

Crippled 06-30-2016 06:18 PM

Congratulations jeremy. Happy Birthday LinuxQuestions.org. Thanks to LinuxQuestions.org many of my questions have answered and helped me out a lot. Unfortunately there are some users on LinuxQuestions.org that give obnoxious or wiseguys responses to questions which I hope in the future the LinuxQuestions.org team can address more effectively. Other than that the LinuxQuestions.org is doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work.

wagscat123 06-30-2016 08:32 PM

Love LQ! Happy Birthday!

RHELNCK 07-01-2016 01:02 AM

Happy Birthday!
Thank YOU Jeremyyyyy for this wonderful site..... LOVE you...

dawyda 07-01-2016 02:47 AM

Happy 16
 
Good 16 and a sweet one too. Looking forward to seeing it be 100.

psokolow 07-01-2016 08:26 AM

Happy Birthday!
Thank you for this forum. I "found" it a week ago, posted a question, and was rewarded with solutions to my problem within a few days.
I love the format, ease of use and friendly and concise guidance I was offered. Congratulations on your accomplishments.
peter

Livestradamus 07-02-2016 04:06 AM

Long time member, mostly lurker...
The best forum there is: LQ!

linustalman 07-02-2016 05:23 AM

Greetings fatmac.

xode 07-14-2016 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5566535)
I'm proud to announce that over the weekend LQ turned 16! Id like to once again thank each and every LQ member for their participation and feedback. While there is always room for improvement, that LQ has remained a friendly and welcoming place for new Linux members despite its size is a testament to the community.

To say that feedback has been absolutely critical to our success is an understatement. With that in mind, I'd like to use this thread to collect as much feedback as possible about LQ. What are we doing well and where can we improve? Where are we failing? What can we do to ensure long time members remain engaged and willing to help? What can we do to ensure new members feel welcome? What new features or sections would you like to see? What should we be doing differently? When giving your feedback, please remember that LQ will be updated to the next generation code platform, hopefully some time this year (at this point, we've put it off way too long). To get a peek at what that platform will be like, please visit http://www.ChromeOSQuestions.org/forum.php. Feedback on that site is very much welcome as well.

As part of our 16 year anniversary, we'll be randomly selecting 16 posts from this thread and upgrading that member to "Contributing Member" status for one year. Stay tuned, and thanks again for being a member. Together, I think we can make LQ even better.

--jeremy

When doing the LQ update, could you please make sure that the LQ website remains friendly to a dial up internet connection. My experience with sites that are not dial up internet friendly has been that server timeout settings are the cause of the problem most of the time. For example I still use a dial up internet connection as there is no viable broadband internet service available to me. I suspect that is the case for many other LQ users as well.

eredwood007 08-12-2016 06:44 PM

I want to Thank you for all that you do..
 
Hello my name is Earnest Redwood, I am still somewhat new here to this sight but for the time I have spent here, I have found nothing but fun, and success. For to this is one of the best Linux knowledge base out there. When you come to the LQ, you are not made to feel like an outsider, Just because you are excited you have question, you did not come here to get shot down or made to feel you are dumb or something else. But when you come here to LQ you meet real people, not just tech who think they know it all. Real people who remember they once where were in your shoes, and how excited they were about this thing call Linux. I am in the process of studying for my Linux+ exam so that I can get my Certification an this is the place to be if you new to the Linux World. Congratulation to you and trust and believe you are making a great impact on the lives of people who visit this site. I thank you.

rtmistler 10-25-2016 08:43 AM

Happy 16th LQ! :)

I first found LQ using web searches for Linux solutions. I'm sure many find LQ this exact same way.

You find help here. I've asked one or two very difficult questions and found help with them.

I've always liked the fact that you are subscribed to threads and you get updates when someone posts new information to them.

jain 11-03-2016 01:21 PM

Happy birthday ..

rickbishop 04-04-2017 04:00 PM

Happy Birthday Linux Questions
 
Congratulations Jeremy!

chal 04-05-2017 06:29 AM

Happy birthday! glad to see you're still around. I don't come here very often, but I know I can find answers here when I need them. I also like to check out new distros occasionally, which you seem to have the easiest and best way to find them all in one place and navigate directly to them. Thanks for providing a much needed public service. Shal0m0ut *just realized I had already posted earlier (sometimes my deleted email comes back to my inbox in reincarnation and my memory isn't what it used to be.)

gardok 05-26-2017 12:17 PM

Happy Birthday!
 
Congratulations LQ , it is good to know resources like this exist and have a loyal community
to support newcomers. I am planning on using linux more this year and maybe build a new computer if I
can ever save up some cash. Talk to you all soon. peace -g-

peterb 08-03-2017 05:46 AM

This website has been indispensable toward the learning and understanding the workings of Linux and everything that makes it and the Internet work!
Great job.

jain 08-03-2017 10:24 AM

All I can say to people running it .. Big Thank You all ..


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