dennispe at inetnw
Mar 1, 2005, 6:23 AM
Post #46 of 184
Matt Fretwell said:
> Elizabeth Schwartz wrote:
>> I'd like to see one list, for similar reasons. I run Solaris but I can
>> see that a lot of folks here run Linux, and if they were on a separate
>> list probably all their general Q&A's would end up on that list, and
>> I'd end up reading it anyway. And if most of the users migrated over
>> there, it would be harder to ask questions on the Solaris list. It's
>> often hard to tell whether something is an OS-specific question
> Personally, I totally agree :)
> With regards to Dennis's reply, (relevant section below):
>> There isn't time to wade through all the jabber about OS specific topics
>> for which I am not the solution nor an interested party. It is a simple
>> matter of efficiency and goes to effectivity as well.
> No offense intended, but the above is a very blinkered opinion. What you
> think is relevant, or irrelevant for that matter, is your opinion, and
> different for each person.
And what is quoted of what I said is totally out of context. I never
suggested to break up the list into os-oriented lists. I suggested a
second list for advanced users, but I also suggested that was unlikely to
happen but we could voluntarily add a tag to the subject line that
indicates the OS, such as [windows]. With that in place I would cheerfully
delete it and the entire thread. It is otherwise harmless to everyone else
in the world. How bad is that?
> I run BSD, and have no interest in Linux specific problems, but that
> does not mean that there is no information to be gleaned from reading
> a post which has a problem affecting a Linux system. A problem tends to be
> a problem, irrelevant of OS type, in a majority of cases, and to 'split'
> anything, list wise, would be nothing short of a crime, with regards to
> knowledge building.
I give it a 10 for drama. As for problems, please observe the great many
repeat questions from newbies regarding sources of rmp files, "my
freshclam log says my version is out of date - is my version out of date
then??", questions about winclam, cygwin, etc. These are related to
experience, or lack of it, or subjects that have no value to me and my
environment, and it is these that I'd like to avoid if possible.
> You do not have to wade through anything. The first post on a subject
> gives you an indication of the topic. If it is a subject of no interest, I
> am sure you have a keyboard with a delete key like the rest of us for the
> replies to that thread.
Reading this list daily from a variety of systems and using elm, webmail,
etc. as I do there is not always a first post from a thread on a given
day. In fact it would be very rare. On that point, btw, the threading on
the nntp server is pretty wacked, so you never know what you're going to
find in a thread.
> Efficiency and effectiveness obviously have vastly different meanings in
> my book to yours.
We work in different worlds, Matt. We will just have to agree as gentlemen