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Re: rampant offtopic and offensive posts to debian-user

On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 03:36:14PM -0700, Kevin B. McCarty wrote:
> Why should Debian developers spend the time setting up infrastructure
> for lists or IRC channels that, by definition even, have nothing to do
> with the Debian project?  If the people who enjoy holding these

Compared to the current situation the -offtopic list would reduce the 
resources spent by the Debian project[*], but with added benefits:

1. No need to archive the posts. -user is currently archived entirely.

2. Decrease traffic on -user not only by the amount off-topic messages, 
but also by the amount of "stop the off-topic" messages.

3. Increase the quality of the -user list and make it more accessible 
for both new users and DDs.

> off-topic discussions on debian-user want a place for them, maybe 
> those
> people should set up and maintain that place themselves.  Or how about
> using this one?
> http://forums.debian.net/viewforum.php?f=3

People choose mailinglists over forums for various reasons. I don't 
think I need to explain them here.

[*] Companies have long time ago found out that you also need to do 
"off-topic" stuff for your employees. At my workplace I have a dedicated 
budget just for staff parties.

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

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