Swapneel Sheth is a Lecturer in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania.
His research and teaching interests are Software Engineering, Privacy, and the Web.
Stage 1 Part A
Intro to IRC
- How do people interact?
- In an informal manner
- What is the pattern of communication?
- Usually question and answer - somebody has a question or a problem, other tries to help solve it
- Are there any terms that seem to have special meaning?
- The chat bot commands
- Can you make any other observations?
- It's nice to have the meeting transcribed by meetbot in a relatively easy manner, with annotations
I've been following the #ushahidi channel periodically, but it seems to have very little activity.
I've looked at other interesting (to me) open-source channels - #rvm, #ruby-lang, #rubyonrails. These are a lot more active and seem to have two kinds of questions.
- I'm stuck.. help me with X
- In this case, people are trying to install/work with some software/framework/library and getting error messages. This seems like a faster, 90s version of StackOverflow for people to get answers.
- What is a good way to do X?
- In this case, people are unsure what's a "good" (optimal, efficient, faster, better) way of doing something - A or B. They want advice from the more-seasoned users in the channel. Comparing to StackOverflow, I see this as a big advantage as something "subjective" is not a good question to ask on StackOverflow.