Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at mindspring.com
Mon Dec 6 15:42:29 UTC 2004
On Mon, 6 Dec 2004, Shaffer Paul wrote:
> Fedora's supporters (frequent repliers to these posts) rightfully
> view the lesser mortals here with skepticism and disdain because
> they are who they are and nobody is getting paid. Fair enough.
no, not fair. and not accurate. if you go back and read some of
those threads again, you'll find that newbies are not chastised simply
for being newbies. they're chastised for bad behaviour.
some examples are (god help me, i'm almost scared to type them in)
posting in HTML, and top posting. when newbies do either of these (as
they are wont to do, not surprisingly), they are typically (and
politely) asked not to do it again. and that's it. they apologize
sometimes, they fix their mailers, they change their behaviour, and
everyone gets back to work. end of problem.
sadly, there is the occasional (i can't think of any other way to
describe them) self-absorbed, arrogant bozo who takes umbrage with
these rules of etiquette and initiates his own personal crusade to
defend either of the above. with disastrous results, of course,
leading to the periodic flame war only because *one* *person* thinks
he knows better than everyone who's been a regular for years. go back
and check in the archives -- tell me i'm wrong.
posters here don't get flamed for being newbies or "lesser mortals".
they get flamed because they have no sense of courtesy, etiquette or
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