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Re: Looking for more Mathematica online user groups/forums

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  • Subject: [mg98894] Re: Looking for more Mathematica online user groups/forums
  • From: "Dr. David Kirkby" <david.kirkby at onetel.net>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 05:08:46 -0400 (EDT)
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meitnik wrote:
> 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 buying expensive books does only cover so much (And many are outdated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 ;-)
> 
The newsgroup sci.math.symbolic does not have the expertise of 
comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica, but there are many people (some WRI 
employees) who know Mathematica and will respond to requests there.

You might get a certain professor moaning about Mathematica questions 
there, but people tend to ignore him.

Sometimes there is spam there which seems to go in bursts, then stops 
for a while.

Within a 30 day period, I somewhat doubt you will be needing too many 
difficult questions answered, so sci.math.symbolic might be a useful 
complimentary group.

Be aware, if you multi-post (copy your message to both sci.math.symbolic 
and comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica at the exact same time, so there are 
two newsgroups in the 'To:' field) the message  will NOT appear on 
sci.math.symbolic until Steve has approved it. I've never understood the 
logic of that!! Since the newsgroup sci.math.symbolic is unmoderated, 
why should a message copied to both have to wait for approval? If you 
want to send to both newsgroups, do it to one, then do it to the second.

[My approval has nothing to do with sci.math.symbolic.  If a message
 does not appear there, it has nothing to do with me - Steve C.]


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