Re: confusing error messages

From: David A. Case <>
Date: Wed 16 Oct 2002 11:42:15 -0700

On Wed, Oct 16, 2002, Margaret Cheung wrote:
> We can understand the difficulty and frustrations for new users learning
> amber. To make better use of these archives, I was wondering if we can
> have a "search" module running over the archive database only (maybe
> there's one already?). That'll greatly help us to learn tricks from
> experienced users. Thank you very much.

We appreciate these problems. In addition to having better messages (which
we are working on), we *really* need to update the FAQ's at the Amber web
site...these are mostly of little use, since users can't tell which answers
are correct, and which are up-to-date, etc.

I'm hoping to corral some experienced people to go through the archives and
cull out "good" answers, and collect them in a useful place. Then we'll try
to establish an easy way to add to the list as questions get answered.

Another good thing would be to create a "culled mail archive", where duplicate
or other less-useful postings would be deleted, to make it easier to find
things that would really help.

A search engine might also help. Right now, the Vanderbilt site seems to be
down. (Jarrod: is this fix-able?)

And, yes, we also know that the DNA-tutorials on the web page are not really
current for Amber7. Here the "really good" (completely re-do the tutorial)
has gotten in the way of the "good" (just update to Amber 7). Scott: let's
do the second, and work on the first later (maybe in january).

Thanks to all for your suggestions and for your patience!


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