More than 20,000 Messages Have Been Posted to MathGroup
September 25, 1999--More than 20,000 messages have now been posted
to MathGroup since its inception in 1988. MathGroup, a technical discussion
newsgroup, is a free service of Steven M. Christensen and Associates, Inc.
Christensen, one of the first Mathematica users and cocreator of
MathTensor, started MathGroup shortly after the official introduction of
Mathematica. Members of the group post their questions to the mailing
list and usually receive rapid and expert help with their Mathematica
questions. Many of the world's leading experts on Mathematica, both
inside and outside of Wolfram Research, read and respond to user comments
Initially, the mailing list was just that, with three or fewer postings per
day. However, over the years it has grown as the number of
Mathematica users has grown. MathGroup is now linked to the
moderated newsgroup comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica on the internet, and
the number of messages posted daily has multiplied at least tenfold to 30 or
more on most days now.
According to Steve Christensen, MathGroup founder and moderator, "There
is no way to estimate the size of the newsgroup reading population, but there
are over two thousand members on the mailing list. My guess is that many tens of
thousands read the newsgroup or mailing list regularly."
The 20,000th message was posted early Saturday morning by a
Mathematica user at Chemnitz University of Technology in
Germany in response to the question of an Austrian colleague regarding the
use of fractions as axes labels.
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