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[java] Is the FAQ of use to anyone?


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#1 Jerry Lynn   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 05:20 AM

Frequently I have noticed that there are questions being asked that are already answered on the FAQ. This leads me to believe that the FAQ is not being used as a resource. I was just curious - does anyone find the FAQ useful? If not, does anyone have any suggestions that might make it more useful to the participants in the thread? I ask because we are planning on putting a search engine into the FAQ in the next few days. If the FAQ is not really being used I would rather not expend the effort. Thanks, JL

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#2 Gladiator   Members   -  Reputation: 127

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 05:36 AM

I would really find it useful if you get the THREAD search engine working before you do any FAQ search engines. It gives me some database error when I try to use the gamedev search engine. grr =(

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#3 Buster   Members   -  Reputation: 100

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 05:47 AM

My experience (at least as far as software engineering goes) is that people don''t read FAQs or documentation. Rather, it''s a lot "easier" to just ask on the board here.

People--especially slackers--like to take the path of least resistance.

Of course, it would be nice if Search worked.

#4 Wrathnut   Members   -  Reputation: 347

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 06:25 AM

I think that more people would use the FAQ if it had more content, also the way the link to it is I sometimes confuse the link for the java FAQ for the link with the discussion board FAQ. As for more content, I''d be willing to help, work permitting.

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#5 Jerry Lynn   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 08:15 AM

Thanks for the input.

> (Gladiator ) I would really find it useful if you get the THREAD search engine working

I wish I could help you there, but I am not directly affiliated with Gamedev.net and have nothing to do with the boards operation. I am merely a participant who volunteered to sum the discussions that take place here into a FAQ.

> (Wrathnut) I think that more people would use the FAQ if it had more content

I agree. If you are new to this thread then you may not be aware of the motivation behind the FAQ. Several months ago one of the board participants suggested it would be a good idea to sum up the discussions on the board in an FAQ. The goal was to eliminate redundant questions and to serve as a resource for new participants to get ''up to speed'' quickly. I volunteered to do this and for the last several months I have been summing and attempting to organize the posts to this board. Occasionally I have added some of my own content and some content that related to discussions in progress. Thread participants have also been kind enough to write content for the FAQ, but for the most part the amount of information on the FAQ is directed by the amount of discussion going on in the board.

> (Wrathnut) As for more content, I''d be willing to help, work permitting.

That would be great. Anything you would be willing to contribute would be appreciated.


#6 ARCHIGAMER   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 11:05 AM

from what ive seen it the faq is more of like a "why" type instead of a "how" faq

#7 zenic   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 01:21 PM

i wasn''t able to get it when i first tried, i just assumed the link was broken. so, in all honesty, i haven''t read it yet.

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Posted 17 August 2000 - 10:57 PM

Maybe if you had a big link right above the message box on the post new message page saying "Has this question been answered in the FAQ?" that links to the FAQ. Maybe some people don''t notice it sitting right up in the corner like it is. Just a thought.

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#9 Jerry Lynn   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 18 August 2000 - 04:13 AM

> from what ive seen it the faq is more of like a "why" type instead of a "how" faq

That did seem to be the primary focus of this thread for the last several months, though recently it seems to be shifting towards the 'how' aspect.

>i wasn't able to get it when i first tried, i just assumed the link was broken. so, in all honesty, i haven't read it yet.

I double-checked the link and it appears to be working. It's possible we were having some form of ISP trouble when you attempted the first time.


Edited by - Jerry Lynn on August 18, 2000 11:16:30 AM

#10 sigmaent   Members   -  Reputation: 146

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Posted 20 August 2000 - 12:11 AM

YES!=)


#11 Smoo   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 20 August 2000 - 04:33 PM

Here''s one of those random thoughts that occured to me.

We all know that one of the best things to have is source code so
I think it would be pretty cool if the faq could contain a repository of code snipets on how methods work, you know, what the help should have been with but isn''t (kinda like the VB help). Of course I''m not saying we go through all the methods one by one but if for instance, someone has a question on a method, they can refer to the repository and if it''s not there, post the question and someone posts the code snipet and it gets added to the list.

Just my 0.2 cents worth but it might help people.

Smoo

PS. The link to "Gamelan''s Java Game Development Workbench" is dead or it''s changed

#12 Jerry Lynn   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 21 August 2000 - 09:12 AM

We have been posting code from the thread responses along with the answers to questions in the FAQ. There is not much in the way of code there yet, but that is mostly because there just haven’t been many posts on the board that include code. I plan on continuing this practice, but it will be limited to small code examples. I considered the possibility of maintaining larger code bases but after some thought it did not seem like a good idea.

* An FAQ type structure does not lend its self well to maintaining large quantities of code.

* There are several good sites for organizing public source code in existence. I am not going to be able to run that process any better than they are.

* Most non-trivial code requires ongoing development and modifications, and we don''t have an infrastructure where we can manage that kind of process.

So it seemed that the best options was to just link to sites containing source code. Many of those sites are listed on the ''General'' page under ‘resources’. It might be best to rename that heading to ‘examples and source code’.


#13 Jim_Ross   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 21 August 2000 - 05:40 PM

quote:
Original post by ARCHIGAMER

from what ive seen it the faq is more of like a "why" type instead of a "how" faq


Well, ask some "how?"s and we will answer them and put them in there. And alpha blending questions don''t count.


#14 Jerry Lynn   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 23 August 2000 - 04:11 AM

OK, for what its worth the FAQ now has a search function = )

,Jerry




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