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reply "Adam D. Ruppe" <destructionator gmail.com> writes:
We should really have an easy to see FAQ on language usage on the 
homepage and on the D.learn web forum gateway, in the appearance 
of a sticky thread perhaps.

There's a few of the same questions that come up a lot, like I've 
seen a question about the windows console three or four times in 
the last six months - pretty often for the same specific question 
and answer.

What I think would be good is to just link to the wiki with a 
faqs page that can then link elsewhere or write up details and 
additional resources.
Jul 24 2013
next sibling parent reply "monarch_dodra" <monarchdodra gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 15:18:20 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
 We should really have an easy to see FAQ on language usage on 
 the homepage and on the D.learn web forum gateway, in the 
 appearance of a sticky thread perhaps.

 There's a few of the same questions that come up a lot, like 
 I've seen a question about the windows console three or four 
 times in the last six months - pretty often for the same 
 specific question and answer.

 What I think would be good is to just link to the wiki with a 
 faqs page that can then link elsewhere or write up details and 
 additional resources.

Having a good FAQ is always a plus, but it's a fact of life that the same old questions will be asked ad infinitum on a programming message board. I think there are some good entries in the wiki too. But I agree with you: in both cases, there should be better visibility.
Jul 24 2013
parent Walter Bright <newshound2 digitalmars.com> writes:
On 7/24/2013 8:25 AM, monarch_dodra wrote:
 Having a good FAQ is always a plus, but it's a fact of life that the same old
 questions will be asked ad infinitum on a programming message board.

The best way to deal with that is to put the answers in the FAQ, and then when the question comes up, reply with a link to that answer on the FAQ. This also has the benefit of making the FAQ answer more popular with google searches on the question.
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Peter Alexander" <peter.alexander.au gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 15:25:49 UTC, monarch_dodra wrote:
 Having a good FAQ is always a plus, but it's a fact of life 
 that the same old questions will be asked ad infinitum on a 
 programming message board.

This is true, and I don't think there's anything that can be done about it. Even on stackoverflow, where previous questions with answers are linked to as you type in a repeated question, people still manage to ask the same questions over and over. That said, a FAQ will help.
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "user" <user yesy.com> writes:
I like D Wiki http://wiki.dlang.org, can't we create one there?

http://wiki.dlang.org/FAQ seems to be uneditable, so I created
http://wiki.dlang.org/D_FAQ

I am not a programmer by profession, so not sure how to apply FAQ
template, if there is one. But would love to contribute when
possible.
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Adam D. Ruppe" <destructionator gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 15:25:49 UTC, monarch_dodra wrote:
 it's a fact of life that the same old questions will be asked 
 ad infinitum on a programming message board. I think there are 
 some good entries in the wiki too.

Yeah, though the faq is useful too for answering the questions when they are asked again - it is easy to link to it rather than searching for the last time or typing it up again.
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "evilrat" <evilrat666 gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 16:02:05 UTC, user wrote:
 I like D Wiki http://wiki.dlang.org, can't we create one there?

 http://wiki.dlang.org/FAQ seems to be uneditable, so I created
 http://wiki.dlang.org/D_FAQ

 I am not a programmer by profession, so not sure how to apply 
 FAQ
 template, if there is one. But would love to contribute when
 possible.

i so rarely using wiki(i think it's due link location, maybe it would be better to place it somewhere on top?), so i'm start thinking no one uses it, and its topic count shows it may be true O_o anyway i agree we need decent FAQ, so also please add DMD linker info, i mean -L and -l flags, as so as -L-framework -LframeworkName for OS X
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Mr. Anonymous" <mailnew4ster gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 15:18:20 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
 We should really have an easy to see FAQ on language usage on 
 the homepage and on the D.learn web forum gateway, in the 
 appearance of a sticky thread perhaps.

 There's a few of the same questions that come up a lot, like 
 I've seen a question about the windows console three or four 
 times in the last six months - pretty often for the same 
 specific question and answer.

 What I think would be good is to just link to the wiki with a 
 faqs page that can then link elsewhere or write up details and 
 additional resources.

There's this: http://dlang.org/faq.html But it seems outdated and broken.
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Tofu Ninja" <emmons0 purdue.edu> writes:
On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 17:09:09 UTC, evilrat wrote:
 On Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 16:02:05 UTC, user wrote:
 I like D Wiki http://wiki.dlang.org, can't we create one there?

 http://wiki.dlang.org/FAQ seems to be uneditable, so I created
 http://wiki.dlang.org/D_FAQ

 I am not a programmer by profession, so not sure how to apply 
 FAQ
 template, if there is one. But would love to contribute when
 possible.

i so rarely using wiki(i think it's due link location, maybe it would be better to place it somewhere on top?), so i'm start thinking no one uses it, and its topic count shows it may be true O_o anyway i agree we need decent FAQ, so also please add DMD linker info, i mean -L and -l flags, as so as -L-framework -LframeworkName for OS X

I have never been to the wiki :/
Jul 24 2013
prev sibling parent "Adam D. Ruppe" <destructionator gmail.com> writes:
Another one that should be added is a pro/con list for shared std 
libs.
Jul 25 2013