On Sun, 23 Mar 2008 20:53:54 +0100, Tore Lund <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Giorgos Keramidas wrote: >> [snip] >> We don't accept email only from lurkers. The mailing list is also >> advertized as the official place to ask questions in CD-ROMs provided by >> vendors, in our documentation, on magazines, conferences, and so on. > > The normal thing on all other forums that I have heard of - and that > includes Usenet - is that you have to go back to the forum to pick up > answers to your question.
The `normal' thing is defined only on a per-forum basis, however. What other forums do is not `The Law', and the opposite of what you are trying to defend has been wide-spread practice in all the mailing lists of FreeBSD and in many other free and open source projects I am contributing to for more than 15 years or so. I would be surprised if that were the case, but I think we must have been using different alter egos of the Internet until we met here ;-) > The mechanism that you defend represents a break with established > practice for most computer users. I'm not sure replying only to the list is `established practice for most computer users'. So I can't agree that this is a valid argument for switching what we have been doing in freebsd-questions for the past 10 years or so that I'm subscribed. > I have heard all the arguments many times over, and I don't buy them. > I think it would be better to direct newbies to > comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc, which at least has a predictable > interface. (For instance, you don't risk missing the rest of a > discussion because someone decides to prune the headers.) The header trimming and its dangers seem to be an argument exactly for the _opposite_ of what you are suggesting. By posting a reply only to the list the user runs the risk of missing even the _first_ reply ever! I'm sorry, but it's me who doesn't feel inclined to buy into any of the arguments presented so far. - Giorgos _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"