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Re: Something is very wrong with this group

On 02-Mar-1998, Rob Browning <rlb@cs.utexas.edu> wrote:
> john@dhh.gt.org writes:
> Every now and then, I pop back to debian-devel, and I see a message
> about the new name for deity, and I take about 15 seconds to compose a
> reply.  I don't think that's a big deal.  Part of the whole naming
> issue discussion is just idle conversation, and it's been somewhat
> amusing.  As much time as we spend working together, and as often as
> we end up in stupid misunderstanding because someone thought someone
> else meant X when they really meant Y, it's probably not a bad thing
> to chat a *little*, even if it's somewhat off-point, perhaps even
> especially if it's somewhat off-point.  It could save some long ugly
> threads later.

Time for debian-chat?

Seriously, hackers need time to "goof off" (See "The Hacker FAQ"). 
And the big problem is, many hackers _love_ word games. Asking hackers
to names something is probably both the best and worst thing you can do.

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