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Re: Complaint about #debian operator

martin f krafft <madduck@debian.org> writes:
> also sprach Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> [2005.12.12.1953 +0100]:

>> People who go to IRC and ask advocacy questions are fairly unlikely to
>> get high-quality information no matter where you send them.  At best,
>> they'll end up sparking another one of these interminable discussions
>> like the one that this thread just kicked off and maybe they'll be able
>> to get a few facts out of all of the back and forth.

> For the record, I found IRC to be by far the best research medium
> throughout the process of writing my book. Of course, you are not to
> believe everything, but taking it in with a grain of salt, and asking
> smart followup questions open up an incredibly powerful research forum
> via IRC.

Sure, but unless I misunderstood, your book wasn't about advocacy topics,
yes?  I'm not saying IRC is bad in general.  Far from it.  I'm saying that
it (and e-mail too, for that matter) have a particular weakness around
advocacy topics.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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