community Digest, Vol 36, Issue 45

Jonathon Suggs jsuggs at
Fri Jul 20 19:44:13 CEST 2007

Andy Powell wrote:
> On Friday 20 July 2007 17:35, Jonathon Suggs wrote:
>> IRC and mailing lists have their uses, but so do forums.  I honestly
>> don't understand the resistance to the idea of a forum.  Other than
>> people being so closed minded and elitist that they can't understand how
>> people are soo stupid not to have know the answer to the question already.
> At what point did I actually say *anything* against forums? Please, show me. A 
> question was asked and I made a suggestion - just because you don't like it 
> doesn't mean others weren't aware of it as an option or whatever.
>> So if anything, hopefully those people (who are the people who give FOSS
>> a bad rep) will stick to IRC and mailing lists, and people that can
>> actually perform social interaction can help people out in the forums.
> Wait, did you just insult everyone who uses irc / mailing lists. Good move.
> You just failed 'social interaction 101'
> Andy
Ok, before this turns into an argument, I was not referring directly to 
you.  Very sorry for not stating that explicitly.

As far as insulting people, I do not mean to offend.  However, you can't 
honestly think that the general consensus of the FOSS "help groups" is 
positive, do you?  There is a time and a place for RTFM to be a legit 
response, but 9 times out of 10, it is someone asking a simple question 
that they don't know the answer to, and someone doesn't take the extra 
few seconds to give a link or reference instead of belittling them.

So my point is to keep the mailing list technical, but offer forums for 
those who are less-technical and are inevitably going to ask "stupid" 


P.S. I did not fail, social interaction 101.  But you are certainly up 
for the jumps to conclusions award for 2007

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