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Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:49 pm Reply with quote    Back to top    

--- current (as of 2006-nov-30) ---
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**DataStage**
*General
   A forum for discussing DataStage® basics.
   If you're not sure where your question goes, start here."
*IBM® Websphere® DataStage Server Edition
   Post questions here relative to DataStage Server Edition
   for such areas as Server job design, DS Basic, Routines,
   Job Sequences, etc."

*IBM® Websphere® DataStage Enterprise Edition (Formerly Parallel Extender/PX)
   Post questions here relative to DataStage Enterprise/PX
   Edition for such areas as Parallel job design, Parallel datasets,
   BuildOps, Wrappers, etc.
*Archive of DataStage Users@Oliver.com
   "Archive of postings to DataStageUsers@Oliver.com. This forum
   intended only as a reference and cannot be posted to."

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**DataStage**
*General
   If you're not sure where your question goes, start here.
*Server
   Server job design, DS Basic, Routines, Job Sequences, etc.

*Enterprise
   All things parallel, including job design, datasets, BuildOps, Wrappers,
   etc.  (aka Parallel Extender/PX)

*Archives
   "Postings salavaged from DataStageUsers@Oliver.com (this is
   a read-only reference; cannot be posted to)"

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comments: The word "forum" is overloaded.
The way it reads now, the main site has a top-level menu bar which links to "Forum", e.g.
Home * Forum * Search * Favorites * Profile * Log out [ jgreve ]
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One inside the "Forum", if you look under DataStage you will see four... discussion areas? sub-forums? The current text for the "Archive..." one says, "This forum intended only as a reference..." Why "This forum" ? If the main menu bar said "Forums" then ok, it works.

I'd like to see the topics normalized a little more. Here's my thought process reading through them the way the are today:

"Hmmm... Ok, now I'm in the 'Forum.' My choices include moderator stuff,
faqs, DataStage things. Ah, good - I want DataStage things, lets see...
1) "General" - ok, I get that.

2) "IBM® Websphere® DataStage Server Edition" - huh? Why "IBM Websphere DataStage"? As opposed to all the other DataStages out there? Well, that is good for me because I would hate to confuse IBM's DataStage with Oracle's DataStage, or GNU*DataStage. Oh, wait - *all* DataStage is, in fact, really IBM Websphere DataStage because that is the only DataStage in the world, yes? (note: I could be wrong here, let me know if there is a non-IBM DataStage out there).
Ok... so, next we have "Server Edition" - "Edition"? Just "Server" is sufficient, yes? The first choice wasn't "General Edition", or "General Things" or "General Topics".

3) "IBM® Websphere® DataStage Enterprise Edition (Formerly Parallel Extender/PX)"
Hmm... "IBM Websphre DataStage" _again_ ? If it is *really* that important (and imho, it is not), name the catagory heading "IBM Websphere DataStage" instead of repeating it on each row.

Next we have "Enterprise Edition"... just "Enterprise" would do nicely.
Then "(Formerly Parallel Extender/PX)" - uh, lets push that into the "Forum" description.

4) "Archive of DataStage Users@Oliver.com"
"Archive of DataStage..." - uh, I *hope* it is for DataStage, since our topic-category is "DataStage." Yeah, that goes. Users@Oliver.com? I suppose that is helpful for people who were around "back in the day" when Oliver.com had it goin' on. Push it into the "Forum" description.

And, I would like to see the "edit" box set to use 100% width instead of so many pixels, because it is rather cramped for writing long-winded posts like this one. And I'd like for the text-cursor to stay where it is, instead of jumping to the top every time I use a "code" or "bold" etc. button.
</rant>

Ok, that is the end of my little rant.

Overall things are pretty good, in fact - as in, I _do_ like DSXchange and think it is actually worth criticizing. Please keep up the good work.
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:24 pm Reply with quote    Back to top    

Not Enterprise for the second title, as this includes server. "Parallel" would be better.

Almost time for a "Mainframe" title as well, there is a small but steady trickle of questions about DataStage EE MVS, which tend to get buried.

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:56 pm Reply with quote    Back to top    

Am I the only guy that dislikes redundancy?
Just thought I'd try once more.
I'll let it go at this point.
(maybe title changes are harder than I thought)

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DataStage
   General
   Server     IBM® Websphere® DataStage Server Edition
   Parallel   IBM® Websphere® DataStage Enterprise Edition (Formerly Parallel Extender/PX)
   Mainframe
   Archives   Archive of DataStage Users@Oliver.com
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