Re: [MathGroup]: Descriptive headings

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg51985] Re: [mg51935] [MathGroup]: Descriptive headings*From*: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>*Date*: Sat, 6 Nov 2004 02:07:59 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Paul, This is an idea that sounds nice in principle but is probably very difficult in practice. It just imposes another test that a submission has to go through before final posting. Whether the test is on the moderator or the poster, it is just going to be an annoyance. Yes, it would be nice if posters always used succinct perfectly descriptive headers but I would rather things be open and easy than trying to shoehorn every posting into some category. But this does raise the question: Does it help if repliers change the headings to make them more descriptive and if so, to what extent should they change them? David Park djmp at earthlink.net http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/ From: Paul Abbott [mailto:paul at physics.uwa.edu.au] To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net [I will be commenting on this in a post shortly - moderator] Hi all, and especially Steve Christensen: At the recent Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, Luc Barthelet <lucb at ea.com>, a regular user of MathGroup suggested that it would be good if all postings to MathGroup included a categorisation in their header, e.g. Newbies, Graphics, Functions, Programming, Statistics, Teaching, Integration, Numerics, Symbolic Algebra, Special Functions, ... so a Subject line might take the form [Statistics]: How to fit to an elliptical function? (not sure if the [ ] are required or useful). In this way, sorting by Subject would be easier. Of course, it's not always easy to do such a categorisation, and they may change with time (as a problem stated as a Numerics might end up being solved using Symbolic Algebra). Nevertheless, I think such a change would be very useful. It should also help when doing searches on MathGroup archives. Cheers, Paul -- Paul Abbott Phone: +61 8 6488 2734 School of Physics, M013 Fax: +61 8 6488 1014 The University of Western Australia (CRICOS Provider No 00126G) 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009 mailto:paul at physics.uwa.edu.au AUSTRALIA http://physics.uwa.edu.au/~paul

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