[ubuntu-uk] Not everyone is an expert!

Paul White bugs at pcwhite.com
Wed Aug 21 16:45:11 UTC 2013

On 21/08/13 16:59, Gareth France wrote:

> On the whole I have stopped posting to this group since there are a  
> number of people who are obviously on pedestals above us lowly  
> minions. Not so long back after starting a thread I was shot down in  
> an unforgivably harsh manner by people who made assumptions about me  
> based on absolutely no evidence and proceeded to trample all over my  
> opinion and my self esteem.
> I have said it before and I'll say it again, not everyone is an  
> expert, not everyone understands things that are obvious to you. Be  
> careful how you respond as we are supposed to be wanting to  
> encourage mass adoption and as many new users as possible. Insulting  
> them, depressing them, making them feel small, they will only leave.

That unfortunately applies to many hobbies and interests where  
'experts', whether 'real' or 'armchair', are resident on forums and  
mailing lists.

When it comes to IT related matters, whether Windows or Linux based, I  
have always considered myself to be an enthusiastic amateur. In fact  
I'm quite proud of that bearing in mind that even pocket calculators  
didn't exist when I was at school let alone PCs!
Paul White
[IRC: Paulw2U]

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