OSU FAQ archive?


Dave Barr (barr@cis.ohio-state.edu)
Thu, 07 Aug 1997 10:24:10 -0400

I started here at OSU's CIS department a little over a month ago now.
I'm a maintainer of a couple FAQ's myself, and one of my desires is to
re-vamp the FAQ archive here. The original guy, Tom Fine, is long gone,
off to another department here. In the past we had a student sorta
keep things running and write up some documentation on how the thing
actually works. :-) However, that student has since left.

There's a fairly good chance we will fund another student under me
to work on the archive starting in the fall.

My questions to faq-maintainers is:

- What changes would you like to see?
- Should the archive be primarily an archive of pointers to FAQs on the
Web? (perhaps with local mirrors?) Or should it remain primarily an
archive of Usenet FAQs? This is both a question of inclusiveness (what
FAQs to include) and of architecture and content (what form should they
be in, and is ASCII->HTML still as important as it was 3 years ago).
If we choose to add Web-only FAQs, how should they be organized?
- Should we again raise the issue of providing a single standard header
that Usenet FAQs insert to indicate where to find the current Web version
of the FAQ, and use that (exclusively?) in our archive?
- How to handle multi-part FAQs? Should this be a case-by-case basis?
(some FAQs are broken into true "chapters", not just chopped up into parts).
How should the decision be made?

That's about all I can think of for now.