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RE: Congratulations MathGroup!

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  • Subject: [mg20702] RE: [mg20674] Congratulations MathGroup!
  • From: "Barthelet, Luc" <lucb at>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 02:48:46 -0500
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I agree this is the real proof of a powerful user community.
I run communities at Maxis for our games, SimCity and The Sims.
Users like Steve make all the difference, and in fact there are
many more who have a key role in the mathematica community and Mathgroup.

I suggest the following. Could you identify those key persons and give them
 a mechanism to sort out the mathgroup messages such that they would be
in a more interesting fashion on the wolfram web site?
a little Java App might help them see which messages are not sorted,
and any of those "expert" could qualify (and therefore sort) the unsorted

So, when we will reach 40,000 messages, we will have an even more powerful
tool for the

I have more ideas in that domain, I would love to share them with whoever is
in charge
of developing the Mathematica User community.

Luc Barthelet
General Manager, Maxis

-----Original Message-----
From: Maryka Trent Baraka [mailto:marykab at]
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg20702] [mg20674] Congratulations MathGroup!

Congratulations MathGroup!

As you have probably noticed, more than 20,000
messages have now been posted to MathGroup since its
inception in 1988. We should all thank Steven M.
Christensen, who created and moderates both MathGroup
and the moderated Internet newsgroup
comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica, for this achievement.

The 20,000th message was posted by Hans Steffani, a
Mathematica user at the Chemnitz University of
Technology in Germany, in response to the question of
Robert from the Vienna University of Technology,
Austria, regarding the use of fractions as axes

this forum to discuss both Mathematica features that
you really like, and those that need work. From users
reporting "interesting bugs" to others concerned 
about everyone's safety following the 1989 earthquake
(in addition to a question on symbolic math),
MathGroup has addressed quite a wide range of topics.

If you browse the MathGroup archives, you will find
discussion of many features that have been improved,
hopefully to your satisfaction, in more recent
versions of Mathematica. MathGroup is a critical link
in the Mathematica development chain, so keep sending
in your questions and comments. 

Maryka T. Baraka
News Department
Wolfram Research

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