off topic but appropriate

Bruce Ferrell bferrell at
Sun Jan 18 18:43:47 UTC 2009

tom arnall wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> This post is off topic, but please read it as I think you will consider it 
> appropriate.
> First the question: 
> 	Why do you use this maillist instead of the ubuntu users forum? 
> I ask this question because I am working to organize a maillist for political 
> discussion. You may ask, "There are hundreds of them already. Why add 
> another?" The short answer is that for all practical purposes no one uses 
> them, although people use political forums like extensively. 
> Understanding this difference in participation is the next step in my 
> project.
> Thanks in advance for your help,
> tom arnall
> arcata

Tom, it's both off topic and inappropriate.  That said, I'll answer anyway.

I prefer that the discussion come to me.  I don't want to wade through 
someones web interface.  It's slower than I can read mail, even at high 

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