[ros-users] answers.ros.org is the hell

Thibault Kruse kruset at in.tum.de
Mon Feb 18 20:12:29 UTC 2013

On 18.02.2013 19:10, Yamokoski, JD (JSC-ER)[OCEANEERING SPACE SYSTEMS] 
> On 02/18/2013 03:21 AM, Thibault Kruse wrote:
>> So specific feedback leads to improved infrastructure.
> Are you suggesting my earlier post to the mailing list over a month 
> and a half ago was not specific enough?
No, I was only asking to be more specific about Groovy. I am not sure 
why your earlier post did not lead to a fix to answers.ros.org, I am not 
happy about that either.

> Was my post wrapped in a rage present? Absolutely. Should I have 
> probably waited 24hrs before hitting send. Maybe. But if this mailing 
> list is only for announcements/general discussion and the ONLY outlet 
> for community support is a site that does not accept your cry for help 
> - you can imagine how frustrating that is.
Yes, I think that ros-users is for discussions, which is why I wanted 
you to be more specific.

> Speaking of frustrating, have you ever tried using ROS answers to 
> search for anything? Its a joke.
I do, though mostly for answering. Yet I also note bugs. As an example, 
try searching for "pcl". I find it alarming that answers.ros.org has no 
public issue tracker, to start with.

> The only thing that works logically is the tag system -- but even that 
> is inherently flawed as it requires users to tag their own content. 
> Some do that well and others might completely miss the feature.
Anyone with enough karma may improve any aspect of a question, the 
title, content and tags.

I won't reply to the Groovy comments, but I hope somebody more suitable 
will (e.g. Tully). Still thanks for being more specific. I believe both 
positive as well as negative feedback helps the community.


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