Re: Sponsoring science packages
Andreas Tille wrote:
I tried to give reasons why the support of special fields sounds
reasonable. So I see this general debian-science list as of
great value for general discussion and sharing ideas, but I
would prefer if some more CDDs (debian-physics, debian-chemestry,
etc.) would evolve and thus you will have good chances to find sponsors
in these fields.
While I agree that it would be easy to find the sponsors that way, I
strongly oppose that idea of splitting the community further.
For example, When I have a laptop related problem, I often like to post
to debian-user first instead of debian-laptop simply because more number
of users read my post on debian-user. I get the same help from
debian-user than debian-laptop but very quickly. It is the expertise on
the list that matters than fine-grainly dividing the community to the
Moreover, often the problems are interrelated. A chemistry user will not
be asking about problems in chemistry but will be asking about problems
related to debian+chemistry.... In such a case some other physicist
using Debian might also benefit from that discussion (even though at an
abstract level).... There will be more passive learning instead of
active learning if the lists are more general than being specific.
Besides, it is also a pain to subscribe to multiple lists when your area
of interest falls in between two separate mailing lists. Then you have
to track multiple lists. Instead if there is just one list, I can choose
to ignore some threads if they are not of interest to me.
As long as the list is friendly for newbies, no one flames about OT
topics etc., debian-science in my opinion is preferable than more
specific ones like debian-physics, debian-chemistry, debian-electrical ....
just my 2 cents
Kamaraju S Kusumanchi
Graduate Student, MAE