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Saturday November 15, 2003
03:22 AM

Finding the secret list

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In any technology company of a certain size of age, there is bound to be at least one invitation-only technical mailing list known only to the few who can be trusted to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high. One of my challenges, three weeks into working for $BIGCOMPANY, is to find that list, or to arrange for it to find me.
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  • I dunno... (Score:2, Informative)

    Maybe I'm just not cool enough to get invited, but I doubt that most $BIGCOMPANYs have these.

    I've worked for a lot of $BIGCOMPANYs and while there may be examples spread around here and there, the invitation-only mailing lists I've seen in big companies are usually specific to some technology or problem domain. These are invitation only because you don't even want to bother everybody with the announcement of the existence, not because you are afraid of who might join.

    Think about it for a minute. Do you

    • Re:I dunno... (Score:3, Informative)

      Do you really think a big companies' technical forums have that much of a problem with noise?

      Yup. Maybe not all of them, but the ones I've seen have followed a predictable pattern. Some event, which is often a technology shift, drives traffic up. First its signal, and then the noise of people griping that they're not getting their questions answered, following by counter-gripes about attitude, grammar, off-topicness, and so on. Think usenet in the small. Then, for a while, nobody wants to have anything to