[ADMIN] Additional moderator(s) sought for ubuntu-users list

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 07:44:38 UTC 2011

On 09/27/2011 02:58 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>> On Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:35:38 +0100
>> Avi Greenbury<lists at avi.co>  wrote:
>>> There's only a few users who habitually post
>>> off-topic replies, and I suspect that the intended effect is
>>> precisely for them to leave...
>> But didn't you, in your last post, opine:
>> "Nobody's stopping anyone using it. This is just an attempt to make a
>> technical support list be a technical support list."
>> That doesn't jibe with what you've said in the post to which I now
>> reply which supposes that to be the very reason for the new and
>> heaver moderation, to stop people from using it.
> I said anyone is allowed to use it, which is true. I didn't say that
> anyone is permitted to do exactly as they wish on it, since they're not.
> As with most places, anyone is allowed in so long as they play by the
> rules.
Avi, would you agree that your are actively participating in an 
off-topic non-technical thread because the topic matters to you? Sure, 
you can "justify" it from your set of perspectives, while someone else 
might tag is as objectionable noise. Yet, no one calls you on this, as 
you are respected and quite often come up with something useful and you 
try to help others. An "over-zealous" moderator might have already 
pulled the plug on you. And me, and n00p and Go Lip and anyone else that 
pursues a topic that is off-topic, just for fun.

Quite a few humans will resist the notion that we become answer spewing 
automatisms (the process of objectification) as that would suit you. 
Trained seals bark for fish. How are we being paid? It's not in money, 
it's in a sense of community. Good neighbors know their neighbors. They 
talk over the fence. Here, we enjoy writing. Otherwise, we wouldn't be 
here. If you figure we should all SHUT-UP until a question of merit 
comes across, spew an answer and then SHUT-UP again, that's a rather 
joyless proposition.

But, here I am, responding to an off-topic thread, in order for you to 
see another perspective. We have just participated in a very human 
exchange of ideas and perspectives. Heavens forbid we've offended 
another's sensibilities and rigid (read controlling - shoulds- my way or 
the highway - failure to live up to my expectations, all part of the 
over 100 elements of criminal thinking) mindset that explodes when given 
responsibility that they are not trained by temperament, experience or 
schooling to handle. Anyone truly qualified for the job wouldn't want 
it. And that leaves... ?

:) Ric
My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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