I was skimming the HN thread for Christine Dodrill’s latest Nix post last night (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22295102) and had a thought while reflecting on some of the difficulties described (which I relate to…):
I wondered if new users would have an easier time finding their sea legs if they could reference a living flowchart (like a differential diagnosis chart?) that maps common problems/goals(/frustrations?) to up-to-date best-practice patterns/tools/options/features across the ecosystem.
It’s secondary, and I’m not sure how to do it intuitively, but there might be additional value in keeping previous-best-practices discoverable (which might help update old patterns, or interpret old posts/answers/repos)?
I don’t imagine this as an FAQ replacement (because its scope should be well defined), but it would certainly fold in how-do-I-X kinds of questions.
If the graph grew dense enough, the reverse might also be helpful: start with a NOUN in the ecosystem, and see the problems/goals/frustrations it addresses.