All-round offtopicness

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Wed Mar 14 21:19:03 UTC 2012

On 03/14/2012 11:08 AM, Patrick Asselman wrote:
> Can I just say... I joined this mailing list a few weeks ago, but I am
> astounded by the amount of non-Ubuntu posts.
> Usually one person makes a (possibly) wrong remark and then a whole
> crowd of pedantics jump right on top of it. Next thing you know, a flame
> war is started, which is actually much worse than just the one
> (possibly) wrong remark!
> I wish everyone could restrain themselves a bit more and leave the
> moderating to the moderators?

You might consider this point. When a technical question is asked, and a 
reply given, it's on the web forever. So, in that regard, top posting is 
not preferable. Putting the question last and the answer first is rather 
stupid. So, the new people (mostly Windows refugees) get called on this 
behavior, as they seemingly have no regard for those that may be 
following in their footsteps, regarding a technical problem that will be 
archived and later searched on.

Changing the subject line in a reply to an existing thread is not 
handled well by a LOT of email clients. So, that is discouraged as well. 
Period. Follow a couple of list-rules and everyone finds other better 
things to comment or gripe about. There is a difference between "going 
along to get along" and merging with the Borg. What is happening is that 
a couple of hard heads don't think that they have to get along.

Me, I toss a top poster into my junk filter right off. After a while, 
Gmail will catch on and make their life a living hell. :) 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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