Extro IT Techies list?

From: Emlyn (emlyn@one.net.au)
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 21:00:45 MST


There are a lot of good coders / IT people on this list. The best evidence
is when someone asks a computer related question; the barrage of responses
is quite overwhelming.

I bet it's boring as batshit for those who don't earn a crust this way,

I've often wanted to ask tech questions on list, but hesitated because
that's not the list's purpose. I'm going out on a limb and assuming that
this is possibly not an uncommon experience.

Should we (or someone) start an Extro IT self help list? So that all us
geekazoids can gather round, share knowledge, and beat each other over the
head on fine points of technical dogma? It'd be fun, and probably damned

Any thoughts?


The other thing this list is good at is answering science-related questions.
As an idea for positive PR, has anyone considered starting a website for
answering technical/science related questions, possibly aimed at younguns? A
lot of young people have questions to ask, and the people hereabouts answer
such questions in not only informative, but fairly entertaining ways.

Such a site could be an amalgam of website based forum & mailing list
(giving people the opportunity to access it in either style), and would
involve giving answers on a strictly voluntary basis (much as happens here
already). Think of it as a service to the community, and an excellent way to
increase exposure of extropian ideas which, after all, are supposed to be
driven by facts and reasonable predictions. The most common experience here
is that people come to >H ideas by processing the information available to
them in their environment, and seek out Transhumanism or Extropianism after
they are already converts. So, to spread the word, we would be best served
in spreading information. And my bet is that the most likely demographic to
adopt these ideas of an amazingly changed future are young people; those
without much attachment to the way things are.

Any thoughts?


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