theveech at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 20:28:08 BST 2007
On Wed, 2007-03-28 at 20:10 +0100, Alan Pope wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 07:31:04PM +0100, Rob Beard wrote:
> > I'm a member of the Devon & Cornwall LUG (or Devon & Cornwall GLUG as it
> > was renamed). Most of the time the members are helpful and there are
> > some good discussions on there, occasionally there are flame wars
> > though, one recently stemmed from the getgnulinux.org web site, it
> > seemed that one of the members of the LUG didn't like the fact that
> > Ubuntu was on the list of suggested distros because of the proprietary
> > additions to Ubuntu. His response was that everyone should be running
> > pure free software, like Gnusense.
> Every community has flame wars / disputs.
> Whether it's built around Linux,
> Windows, Toyota Supras, Cameras, Gardening or whatever. People have strong
> opinions and mailing lists are a great way to voice those opinions with
> little or no danger of someone punching you :) *
But where is it written that people who disagree have to go at it hammer
and tongues or descend into personal animosity? No doubt most of us
have been there, but at least some of us learn from it. 'Growing up' is
what I think it's called?
Too many fragile egos in too many areas, methinks. Like you suggest, a
good admin/chair should be able to steer disputes towards some sort of
civilised and productive debate. Maturity should do the rest.
> HantsLUG have recently had heated debates about one distro vs another
> (debian/ubuntu in this case), open vs closed mailing list archives, windows
> vs Linux and so on.
> We have had people flounce off when they disagree with LUG policy or get
> annoyed with people. It happens unfortunately.
> So long as the list has a good admin or admins who can stamp on the flames
> when it gets out of hand, I suspect for the most part things go well.
> * although I understand one prominent LUG had exactly that issue and is why
> there are now two LUGs in that locale. :S
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