[OT] 20 years of linux

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Wed Jul 13 09:24:00 UTC 2011

On 13 July 2011 10:12, Basil Chupin <blchupin at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> On 03/07/11 04:55, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
>> On 07/02/2011 01:39 PM, eschamp wrote:
>>> I don't think there's anything official, but it seems to be common
>>> courtesy to prepend OT to a message that is only peripherally related to
>>> Ubuntu. Anything linux would seem to qualify as this is the
>>> gmane.LINUX.ubuntu.user newsgroup.
>> No, this is the Ubuntu Users mailing list or Ubuntu-User mailing list.
>> How GMANE decides to archive the group has nothing to do with this list
>> and it does not dictate it's topics.
> Does anyone know what Bedwell is talking about?


> If so, could you please explain what he means in the above as a response to
> what eschamp wrote?

GMANE is a 3rd party service which subscribes to lots of mailing lists
(including this one) and gates the content to Usenet. Many people
prefer to read their "lists" or "groups" via usenet so this is a
valuable resource for them. There are other companies that do the same
thing, Nabble being one such example. However the primary source for
this list is lists.ubuntu.com, not GMANE or Nabble, however people
might consume or post to the list.

>> Anything off-topic is off-topic, it's only tolerated so much.  You
>> cannot discuss anything Linux as this list is about Ubuntu Linux, not
>> Linux in general, that means you cannot expect help for Fedora here.
> Anyone know when Bedwell took over the role of being this list's moderator
> and can, therefore, pontificate on what may be written in this list and in
> what form?

This is a community. People usually like the community they are in to
run well. This means that members of the community often step up and
help to moderate. That might mean reminding people about the "house
rules" or moving a discussion topic back on topic.

You don't have to be a moderator to do that, just someone who cares
about the community and wants it to survive and thrive.


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