[OT]Re: [oclug]Port 4662
raywood at magma.ca
Fri Jan 24 14:33:36 EST 2003
On Fri, Jan 24, 2003 at 12:54:46PM -0500, Paul Faure remarked:
> Jon Earle (je_oclug at kronos.honk.org) wrote:
> > So, filter them out if you don't want to see them. I
> > utterly fail to understand why this is even an issue when a
> > solution for your needs has been repeatedly mentioned.
> > will do exactly what you want. I agree with Shad - it would
> > a shame to unsub simply due to a few OT discussions from
> > time to time.
> Thats like saying "Don't clean the house, just sweep all the
> trash under the carpet" :)
Actually it is nothing like that at all. Argument by analogy
(although I myself enjoy it as much as anyone) is notoriously
subject to abuse. Think about it.
> My concern is that people go on long rants and flame wars
> about OT subjects, and don't read/reply to the important
> technical issues.
In my experience technical issues posted to this mailing list
get swift and competent replies almost 100% of the time.
> What would happen if the list changes to 90% OT posts (which
> it is at right now)? The list becomes useless and
> Paul N. Faure
I don't agree. What happens is the '[OT]' simply get filtered
to /dev/null (by those who choose to do so), and the rest of the
posts remain (mostly ;) on-topic.
IMO this 'problem' is not a problem at all. It is actually a
no-brainer. The only flaw in the plan is to get people to
actually label their posts as 'off-topic' in the first place, so
that they can be easily filtered. It seems that 'the usual
suspects' have been doing remarkably well with this, in fact, as
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