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Re: rudeness in general

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:09:18 +0100, Helmut Wollmersdorfer
<helmut.wollmersdorfer@gmx.at> wrote:
> My few attempts to step into debian as a contributor ended after some
> hours of senseless discussions or waste of time against unnecessary
> barriers. Compared against average OSS, or OSS where I contribute,
> debian seems to be on the bad side - IMHO.

debian-devel reminds me of alt.folklore.urban once upon a time.  Some
actual discussion of substance taking place, occasionally on a new
topic but more often in response to a new bit of evidence or a new
participant's opinion on a well-worn topic.  Regulars varying from the
saintly to the obnoxious (sometimes the same person with different
degrees of caffeination).  Visitors asking naive questions (and
getting anything from clear, concise answers to cleverly snarky
half-answers to RTFFAQ), trolling, debating furiously and then
disappearing, and occasionally scattering pearls of wisdom.  And, of
course, the occasional meta-discussion on community standards.

Then again, alt.folklore.urban was trying neither to build a better
operating system nor to take over the world.  Some Debian Developers
and other contributors are trying for one or both.  If you wanna join
the circus, better learn to tell the geeks from the rubes.  ;-)

- Michael

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