Why is this here? Was there something specific that Lobsters folk should be paying attention to?
Could you elaborate? Are you objecting, or just curious?
I’m just wondering why Wikipedia links are being posted to Lobsters? Yes, there’s a whole lot of interesting stuff on Wikipedia, but what’s the point of linking to (arbitrary) entries? What value does this bring to the Lobster community?
So I’m objecting because I don’t see the point, but I also admit to have possibly missed the point, hence my query.
I don’t think Nagle’s Algorithm is terribly arbitrary. It’s a networking algorithm, it’s pretty interesting, and wikipedia has a good explanation of it. If someone had a blog post which had all of the same explanation of Nagle’s Algorithm, it probably wouldn’t be questioned. I think wikipedia shouldn’t be treated as special because it’s wikipedia–if the information is useful, or interesting, and tech-related, I think lobsters is a good place for it.
Wikipedia is not terribly timely, but I don’t think it’s important to only link to things which are timely. Lots of interesting information is still interesting a year later.
There is also a long history of posting wikipedia articles on lobsters, and they are often well received.
I like that this was posted. There are still a lot of algos that haven’t crossed my path. In general, I’d rather see a page with a “for dummies” explanation of the algo, as Wikipedia entries tend to be rather dry and clinical. Then I can decide if I want to go all-in, if that makes any sense.