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Re: Looking for more Mathematica online user groups/forums

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  • Subject: [mg98804] Re: [mg98787] Looking for more Mathematica online user groups/forums
  • From: robert prince-wright <robertprincewright at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 01:28:27 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200904190854.EAA14806@smc.vnet.net>

I asked the same question at a summer school last year. In the past Sarah Flannery?? worked on an online collaboration tool but I gather there were security problems and risks from malware being sneaked onto our systems via Mathematica commands. 

As far as I can see, MathGroup is the best forum but the information exchange mechanism is a little outdated. Luuk B. tried to get a Wiki going but I couldn't see a clear reason for using it and not MG. 

I occasionally wonder if there will be a point when Steve gets tired of supporting the group and what would happen at that point - I suspect there is a significant amount of effort on his part. It seems odd that WRI don't host something with voluntary support from staff. It could be something as simple as standard Forum - that would give us all the chance to have Profiles, share files etc. It would also make it easier for Steve and others to moderate. 

Robert



----- Original Message ----
From: meitnik <meitnik at gmail.com>
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 3:54:05 AM
Subject: [mg98804] [mg98787] Looking for more Mathematica online user groups/forums

WRI,

Since Home edition offers me only 30 days tech support and I am not a
student around other Mathematica using students on a campus. And
buying expensive books does only cover so much (And many are outdated
or does not cover areas outside of math like the Frontend), where on
the internet do I find help thats more real time? This group has been
very helpful, but I want more rapid turn around time, and someone to
teach why some code is good and mine is bad so I learn from mistakes .
And a big thanks for the few who has taught me well. :-)

I do find it strange there is not a more active WRI collection of
people part of a tech support forum somewhere. A whiteboard version of
the FE to aid in support could be a good direction. Collaborative
editing FE in real time somehow? How about a Home Ed users forum on
WRI site??

Or perhaps allow Home Edition users email support; if it is so, be
clear it is so and how long the turn around time for a reply. Or
encourage local universities to create local Mathematica support
groups.

Mathematics is a social activity as much as any other creative one;
helping each other is a great way to enjoy learning.

Andrew, seeking some shoulders to stand on ;-)


      


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