Group with more traffic than CAE?


This group has not much traffic

Any recommendations for an alternative group?



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The group gets some traffic, but not a lot. There are quite a few lurkers (like myself) - if you post a question or useful comment, it's likely to generate replies.

As for other groups, it depends on your interest. There is some overlap with groups like comp.lang.c or comp.lang.c++, but these are more geared towards portable and "pure" language discussions. And sometimes has some electronics threads - but it is dominated by political discussions and some pretty unpleasant characters.

But if you have a topical question or something you'd like to discuss, I'd start here. There is little traffic - but there is also very little noise.

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David Brown

That depends on what you want from that group.

USENET is really only good at providing *opinions*. Folks aren't really going to put in the time to help you SOLVE your problem because it's just YOUR problem -- largely unrelated to THEIR work (unless they've already solved exactly the same problem). It's like sitting in a bar (pub?): you don't expect to make any progress on *solving* anything -- other than quenching your thirst and killing some time.

With a bit of effort, you can likely find a forum (or three) that will address the particular issues with which you're concerned. But, you'll likely need to find *several* in order to address each SET of potential issues!

E.g., if you're looking for help with a particular toolchain, then you're more likely to find REAL ANSWERS to your questions from folks who are actually using that toolchain (instead of OPINIONS as to what the problem *might* be -- from a USENET group)

I'm not fond of the forum format (lack of threading, in most). OTOH, it usually offers the ability to include non-ASCII objects in your posts which can go a long way to clearing up details.

In all public exchanges, the risk of disclosure is high so you're limited to talking in generalities -- or, deliberately obfuscating the REAL issue to prevent it from leaking out. Private exchanges avoid this as you can choose *what* to share with *who* -- and rely on relationships that you've built to protect that confidentiality.

Additionally, you can find places where non-technical exchanges happen -- where you can delve into the application domain instead of just dealing with folks who are only concerned with technical issues/solutions (ignorant of the particular users and uses involved). E.g., I wouldn't waste my time asking CAE denizens about mouth-stick design (though I'm sure someONE here may have been involved in such!)

[If you aren't involved in such groups, you're probably missing out on some great resources that would improve the utility of your design!]

Mailing lists and one-on-one email exchanges are my preferred means of interaction, nowadays. The folks you end up interacting with are more motivated to help you solve your problem instead of just opining about some (likely inappropriate) *potential* solution.

A few times a year, a group of colleagues from around the country get together for an "off-site" where we can play show-and-tell and dig more deeply into each others' actual implementations. This makes the issues we've been discussing "more real" and deepen our understandings of the problems we've discussed and addressed in the preceding months.

But, this can be costly (in terms of money AND time). Especially if it's your turn to "host"! :< And, you have to consider the impact on spouses and families (its hard for them NOT to see it as YOU "being on vacation"!)

You might look for local "user groups" that might exist for some one-on-one interaction (even if only to build those relationships that you can later exploit). Local Maker-Houses and LUGs are probably a good place to start. Having folks nearby has added benefit when you need to borrow a piece of equipment or have someone act as a "live" test subject. And, even folks outside your field of interest can often provide amazing insights that you'd have overlooked had you not engaged them!

Best wishes for this coming year!

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Don Y

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