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Re: Where is Debian going?

On Thu, Jul 11, 2002 at 11:13:11AM -0700, David De Graff wrote:
> I just don't see why suggestions to change things a bit need to
> generate dismissive and insulting comments. That seems to be a problem
> that at least a few people have on a lot of open source projects.
> "Don't like things exactly as they are? Quit whining and go back to
> [proprietary product]!" or "If it's not good enough for you, fix it
> yourself!"

Yeah, people are defensive. Sometimes with good cause, sometimes not. Of
course, on the flip side there's also a difference between a suggestion
to change things a bit and "Debian is doomed to failure unless you
change this", and naturally the latter gets people's backs up ... but
I've now lost track of how this thread started out. :)

> The first step that some people take to getting involved in a project
> is to provide feedback, make observations and suggestions. It makes
> sense to value that for what it is, even if the suggestions aren't
> implemented, instead of playing that tired old "we're in the know,
> let's insult the newbies" game. Or maybe the inside term here is
> "gnubies"...

I've never even heard the term "gnubies" before. It's weird.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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