John Nilsson john at
Tue Nov 1 12:21:03 CST 2005

On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 05:01 +1100, Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 06:05:47PM +0100, Quim Gil wrote:
> > I know it's off-topic but the website seems to be down:
>   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> You don't say ...
> Please leave ubuntu-devel for technical discussion about Ubuntu
> development: the admins know about it, and it's being fixed now, so
> this just adds to the noise on the list.

I appreciate what you are saying. Can this be said in a more user
friendly way?

People will continue to send mails to ubuntu-devel that is off topic.
Usually this is people that should have sent the mail to ubuntu-users.
By screaming "get out!" to them there is a risk of alienating them. In
the end this could result in a bad reputation.

I think it would be a good idea to compose a wiki page explaining the
concept of signal-to-noise ratio and how important a mailing list is for
an international open source project. In the future the "this is off
topic" mail can include a reference to that page.


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