[developers] [Matrix-dev] poll: stack exchange?

Olga Zamaraeva olzama at uw.edu
Fri Jul 21 21:51:04 CEST 2017

Hi Michael,

I would try participating in the linguistics forum; I looked at it but most
questions there seemed very far from engineering, I don't know if that
means our questions would be considered off-topic. We could try!

I have always looked at these sites from the perspective of a person
searching for an answer; for that, they seem much, much better than a
mailing list, because the answers are reusable and easily discoverable,
given a certain mass of material of course.

I am not sure how this looks from an answerer's perspective. In fact I have
no idea how stackoverflow does it; do answerers actively search for
questions to answer? I doubt it, and certainly this won't be the case for
most people from our crowd (I don't think). Do people feel like sharing
good solutions they themselves have just found? Then they look whether
there is a question about it (and in case of Stackoverflow, there likely
will be) and answer it? A more likely scenario (I have done that myself on
tex-exchange), and I do see sometimes that people answer their own
questions; there is even a genre of an "answer in the question", when
someone gives the answer right in the question's body, and those tend to be
very clear and get lots of upvotes.

On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 12:39 PM Emily M. Bender <ebender at uw.edu> wrote:

> From my perspective I'd only want to move off of our own mailing lists
> (which I see
> in my inbox) to some external service if I could get notifications from
> that service
> that were high precision/high recall for questions that I really should be
> replying to.
> IOW, I don't want to subscribe to a "linguistics" tag just to be able to
> catch the 0.01%
> of it that would be questions about the Matrix (let alone "nlp" where it
> would be more
> like 0.00000000000001%).
> Emily
> On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 12:36 PM, Michael Wayne Goodman <goodmami at uw.edu>
> wrote:
>> Hi Olga,
>> I think a similar idea was brought up at Stanford last year, partially as
>> a way to make what we're doing more visible and to lower some barriers for
>> asking questions.
>> But a separate stackexchange forum might not be the best path forward as
>> it's too narrow a topic. People have asked questions about HPSG on
>> StackOverflow, and you could create an [hpsg] tag if you have 1500+
>> reputation points, but they have to be used in at least 1 question every 6
>> months or they get removed. Alternatively, we could reuse other tags, like
>> [nlp], [grammar], or [linguistics].
>> There's also a linguistics forum in beta:
>> https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/. Its stats (
>> https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/6673/linguistics) show that
>> it's doing ok, but it needs more questions per day, so if we join up with
>> that forum we can both benefit.
>> What do you think?
>> On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 12:03 PM, Olga Zamaraeva <olzama at uw.edu> wrote:
>>> I was curious how many people on these lists would be interested in
>>> participating in a stack exchange site (like stackoverflow, tex-exchange,
>>> math-exchange etc), as an alternative/supplement to this mailing list?
>>> The site would house questions about grammar engineering with HPSG, I
>>> imagine, particularly using the Grammar Matrix.
>>> These sites both promote quality question/answering and provide a very
>>> convenient way to look up things which had already been answered/discussed.
>>> I created a proposal for such a site on stackexchange.com but I suspect
>>> we won't have enough users? They want 60 users or something like that, to
>>> send the proposal "live".
>>> In any case, here's the proposal, if you think it is a good idea and
>>> would like to follow.
>>> https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/111508/grammar-engineering
>>> Alternatively, if you think it is a bad idea, also let me know!
>>> Thank you,
>>> Olga
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>> Michael Wayne Goodman
>> Ph.D. Candidate, UW Linguistics
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> Emily M. Bender
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