Re: What are the design criteria for primary keys?
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2010 12:29:35 -0700
On Sun, 05 Sep 2010 23:04:43 -0300, Bob Badour <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>The experiment continues and there is yet hope that StackOverflow.com
>will redeem itself. However, I don't think it is there yet.
>While the first 20 viewers of the question found 5 people willing to
>vote to close for ambiguity a clear, concise, straightforward question
>with a clear, concise, straightforward answer, the next 110 or so
>viewers found another 5 (well, me plus 4 others) willing to reopen it.
>By the time I found it reopened, it already had 1 vote to close it again.
>I offered a bounty of 500 reputation points to see whether anyone is
>willing to take all the hints and write a good answer.
>I am interested to see what happens in the end.
I am not hopeful. This is a recent post by Joel Spolsky: http://joelonsoftware.com/items/2010/08/31.htmlOne paragraph starts: "There is, however, a compelling case for the Stack Exchange technology. WordPress.org’s forums don’t have voting, so you have to read through every answer and decide for yourself which one might solve your problem. They don’t have reputation, so there’s no way to see whether you’re getting an answer from someone who knows what they’re talking about."
- Why would you not read through the answers yourself? You know your situation better than anyone else and can judge the applicability.
- Correctness does not come out of voting.
- Reputation and knowing what one is talking about are not the same. Just because someone knows a great deal about an area does not mean that he understands your part of the area.
Too often, IT sorts get into reducing everything to numbers even when it does not fit. There is one forum, where after five years, I am still down as a newbie. I post when I have something to post, not for the sake of posting.
Bob, this post really is not for you that much. You and I stand fairly close together in the choir.
Gene Wirchenko Received on Mon Sep 06 2010 - 14:29:35 CDT