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Re: rampant offtopic and offensive posts to debian-user

On Sun, May 20, 2007 at 11:57:42AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Joey is, I believe, referring to a healthy level of off-topic
> discussions on *any* list, not to creating a specific area for
> "off-topic" messages. For the messages to be "social lubricant", they
> need to be *interspersed* with the on-topic discussions in a way that
> doesn't detract from the discussions.

I already answered this on d-u, but I was misunderstood so I'll try 

IMHO forcing people to take off-topic discussions out of the forum (read 
Debian community) is not good. Debian is based on volunteers and for 
some contributors (yes, answering questions is also a way of 
contributing, so you - the DDs - don't have to do this here) the 
community might be the thing that keeps them here rather then some other 
project or FOSS in general.

As a side note I must say that I have been a member of a volunteer 
organization for 11 years and I have seen a bit of the dynamic involved 
in such a group. The best "contributors" were mostly the same persons 
participating in "off-topic" activities, but still organized within the 

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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