Re: Off-Topic Posts
> Kent West wrote:
> > Historically this list has been tolerant of off-topic threads, likely
> > because such threads have tended to be short-lived.
> any helpful comments other than "read the manual". Those lists were so
> full of arrogant self-proclaimed Linux or Unix experts, that there was
> hardly any sharing of useful information other than between the "gurus".
> Maybe such newsgroups and lists still exist.
For the record, I have slagged off my fair share of presumed clueless
twits, and I'm not attempting to absolve myself with this. I'd argue
I tried to ensure they deserved it.
However, those lists do still exist. They're often targets of spammers and
twits, but *.linux.* is still quite useful and readable (given a
decent news client [read "Scoring" and "kill files"]).
> I was a newbie once (well, still am) and experienced those. But
> Debian, on the other hand, is a very mature, respectful and
> extremely helpful list. Simply love this list.
I've mentioned elsewhere that a couple of years ago, this recent OT
deluge would have caused the OTers to be flayed alive. d-u has almost
become sedentary in that respect, or perhaps just matured.
Or, perhaps *buntu really has drawn off all the twits we once
suffered. Yay! :-)
OT is important for "community." I remember fighting tooth and nail
with Steve Lamb about procmail. I'd no idea he and I share so many
political opinions (I think :-).
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