Kernel page index?
Posted Feb 1, 2007 14:08 UTC (Thu) by pm101
In reply to: Kernel page index?
Parent article: An LWN reader survey
Wow. That's nice. Never knew about that. I'd probably ignore the survey answers, since when I got to that question, I went to this week's kernel page, look long and hard for an index, couldn't figure out what part of the page it was, so filled the survey in with something random.
Sidenote: For future surveys, for the coverage of what to do in the future, I'd provide a little bit more guidance. There's a few axes. (a) Would I use a feature? (b) How important would it be to me? (c) If I wouldn't use a feature, do I have specific opposition? (d) Do I think it's a good idea or bad idea? It wasn't clear how to fit those into the survey. On a bunch of the things (pdf edition, podcast, business coverage, blacklists), I'd never use them. I think they'd probably be a waste of resources. On the other hand, I fundamentally don't care -- if other people want them, they're not hurting me in any way. I wasn't sure if that was a 1 or a 3. The only one I was opposed to is more guest authors unless you manage to set up a very good filter for quality of articles. I can get the equivalent of guest articles by following links off of slashdot or any other site. There is no benefit to me having them on LWN, where they hurt SNR.
Finally: More grumpy editor. That might be a good task for the other editors too. While Corbet is by far the best, it is very tough to get good software reviews of any form. Even if the other authors don't write as well as Corbet, so long as the reviews are comprehensive, having a good place to find out which mail client, video editor, etc. to use provides a lot of value.
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