OK, the forum is coming..
jsuggs at murmp.com
Tue Jul 24 21:07:03 CEST 2007
Ted Lemon wrote:
>> Quite frankly I am completely, totally,
>> overwhelmingly baffled at the resistance to the forums. Quite a few
>> people have expressed their dislikes of mailing lists and how they were
>> *very* reluctant (like myself) to join.
> Worrying about your email address being exposed is pretty silly.
Glad you can read my mind and figure out why I was reluctant to join a
mailing list. Here's a hint, it has nothing to do with my email being
exposed. Honestly, I just really don't like mailing lists...you can
give me all the reasons in the world why *YOU* like them, but that will
not change my opinion. I would be willing to bet (even quite large
amounts, seriously) that I am not alone in this feeling either.
Mailing lists are very efficient if you use them correctly. Several
people have explained their overall technical benefits. However, even
though it is by no means as difficult as compiling a custom kernel, the
people are we are eventually going to be targeting will view it that
way, and *WILL NOT USE THEM*, therefore rendering them useless as a
communications method with that demographic. Until you (the collect
you) realize this, there cannot be a meaningful discussion on this topic.
The bottom line is that mailing lists are not an acceptable means of
communicating with technical novices. AGAIN, we are not talking about
discontinuing the development list (that is/should be used by
*developers*). We are talking about Joe and Jane Sixpack, people that
don't understand the term MUA, people that would be HORRIFIED if they
started getting 70-80 email in a day, people who *don't* use email for
project collaboration or searching for answers. *THAT* is the reason
that we are requesting a forum. Not for me, and certainly not for you
(again, the collective you) that look down upon anyone who can't figure
out how to setup email filters, conversation threading, and whatever
else is required to make mailing lists be the more efficient means of
communicating. Get off your technical superiority high horse and
realize WHY we are requesting this...for improved communication with
those who are less technically savvy.
Sorry for the rant, but the arrogance and snobbery are killing me in
this discussion if you can't tell...
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