On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 09:31:50 +0200, Clytie Siddall
I had a small group, some of them not feeling confident about posting on
the main list, and we had a lot of specialized stuff to discuss. It made
sense to me to combine the specialized aspect with mentoring the
less-confident people. It beats me why it _was_ a contentious issue. It
never seemed to me that the people who responded, and I, were talking
about the same things. :(
I have encouraged new people to post here, and I've been disappointed
with the response to those posts. Does anyone say, "Welcome to Debian-
Women, X! Great to see you here. I can see that Y is important to you,
and I'm sure there will be someone here with the expertise you need, or
who can refer you to it. ;)"
It does not scale very well. Debian is vast. Scaleability matters.
This is not superfluous, it's the stuff of which growth is made. People
need to feel welcome, valued and that others are willing to listen and
to understand. I have never encountered such difficulty trying to get a
simple point across as I did in that "contentious issue", yet this is
the place where I would have expected _more_ understanding and
willingness to be flexible, not less.
Thank you for emphasising this so thoroughly. You have pre-empted quite
a few "buts" here. The kind of environment you are promoting here is
just not sustainable on a big, general mailing list. It has to be small,
so that the core members can spend much time on each newcomer.
I don't think anyone here dismisses the value of such a friendly
environment. However, if it has to remain small, will it last?
Maybe we should just give it a try...
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