Re: When you're a rank noob (was Re: Old Computer Parts)
On Monday 19 February 2007 09:26, Hans du Plooy wrote:
> > Then that's what you say at the beginning of your email. :)
> > These two quotes are guaranteed to garner sympathy:
> > "I'm a noob and I don't know enough to know where to begin
> > to look."
> > "Internet access is flaky, slow and expensive."
> Differs from list to list, I guess. In the days when I was still
> learning Red Hat, just being a noob meant you were flamed,
> regardless. The unwritten rule regarding noobs seemed to be:
> Read his question
> If he's still on the list, tell him to RTFM (even if he already has)
> Flame some more
I found that to be the case with most Linux groups as recently as 2000
to about 2002. Somewhere around 2001 I started using Mandrake, found
it did what I needed, had an all-in-one control center I could use
while learning how to edit all the separate config files, and the
people there actually helped newbies (sorry, I just can't get used
to "noob" it just sounds so dorky). I spent a few years on Mandrake
and moved to Libranet, but was driven away by some policies on their
mailing list. By then Sarge was out and I had learned enough to easily
handle Debian -- and the nasty attitude of "You're new, and I'm 10x
more intelligent than you, so I want to be a brain bully, so flame,
flame, flame, rtfm, flame" was gone by then.