[BioC] IRC channel for BioC?
rwcitek at alum.calberkeley.org
Sat Jun 4 01:01:12 CEST 2005
On Jun 3, 2005, at 2:57 PM, Robert Gentleman wrote:
> My own preference is to keep things on the mailing list as much as
> possible, because I have seldom seen bad questions (more often are
> incomplete questions which cannot be answered with the information
> provided) and the list is archived. This lets others learn as well,
> and I think is something that is important.
> But it is entirely possible that IRC is the right thing for some
> questions etc.
I've found that IRC and IM work best when a handful of people
are working on a single type of problem requiring rapid feedback.
Troubleshooting a bug is one example that comes to mind. Simple one-
on-one (or one-to-few) tutorials is another. Personally, I view IRC
and IM as just two pieces in a set of social software tools that
includes mailing lists, forums, bug trackers, code repositories,
blogs, and wikis, each of which can be archived and searched.
That said (or rather written), Dan on the #R channel pointed out to
me that there's a wiki for posting R problems, solutions, tips,
tricks, and links:
Is there a similar wiki for BioConductor? Not that we couldn't put
bioconductor info on the R wiki.
 IRC : Internet Relay Chat, aka chatroom
 IM : Instant Messaging
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