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Re: How to make Debian more attractive for users, was: Re: The number of popcon.debian.org-submissions is falling

On Mon, 26 Jul 2010, Magnus Berg wrote:
> > Magnus Berg wrote:
> > > I think that sucks and I don't help you with sending any bug reports
> > > because of that.
> >
> > See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=63995
> And you wonder: "How to make Debian more attractive for users". :-)
> First thing: Average Linux user may not be very interested in spam
> hunting.

That's fine; there are numerous e-mail providers which handle the spam
problem for you.

> Second thing: If you intend to be attractive for the average Linux
> user - Ubuntu users for instance - keep in mind that most users want
> a user friendly, easy to use distro, with helpful and understanding
> crew. If you intend to keep on working with computer nerds in mind
> you will never be attractive for the average Linux user.

While I have no problem with changes to make Debian and reporting bugs
more attractive and useful for new users, I will not make changes that
make the BTS more difficult to use for the people who are already
using it and doing the work. Obscuring bug reporters makes it much
more difficult for people to contact bug reporters and other
interested parties for very little gain. [After all, my e-mail address
is on (almost) every single page that the BTS generates...]

Don Armstrong

S: Make me a sandwich
B: What? Make it yourself.
S: sudo make me a sandwich
B: Okay.
 -- xkcd http://xkcd.com/c149.html

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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