The google custom search - perhaps it went there by itself?

Andrew Sayers andrew-ubuntu-devel at
Mon Jul 27 14:15:44 UTC 2009

Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:
> The fact that there is nobody willing to reply (I posted a similar 
> message one year ago, so this is certainly not a matter of time) can 
> mean only two things:
> 1) on this list, nobody knows the answer. I think this is likely. Then, 
> the custom search should be removed from firefox. Nobody knows why it is 
> there.
> 2) someone knows, but they are ashamed to tell the truth. This is likely 
> too. If you just want to adopt a marketing strategy, damnit, just admit 
> it. The majority of users including myself will continue to use ubuntu. 
> But why silence? This is really worrying.

Hi Vincenzo,

With all due respect, I think you're missing a more likely possibility:

Developers look at the level of bitterness in this thread, and at the 
ratio of people that have been attacked vs. people that have been 
treated respectfully, do a quick cost:benefit analysis of posting, and 
decide that they're better off keeping quiet.

I understand that you're annoyed because you feel an issue that's 
important to you has been ignored for a long time, but venting your 
feelings to the list is never productive.  You are more likely to get 
useful responses if you focus on constructive areas of debate, and 
ignore irrelevant sub-threads wherever possible.  Doing so will make 
your thread look more attractive to potential posters.

	- Andrew

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