On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 00:05:47 +0200
Branko Collin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Perhaps you two are using different meanings for 'amateur': one being 
> 'unpaid', the other 'low-quality'. Of course, in the old days, 
> amateur meant 'noble', 'high-quality', because an amateur was 
> something who did not need to do something for a living. The word 
> 'amateur' had a similar meaning that 'hacker' does among hackers.

Actually, it was a very implicit reference to the original roots
of the word. It is derived from a latin root (amare?) that means
"to love", like the french verb "aimer".
And especially when you see the mess that IT "professionals" can
sometimes create, I don't think that amateur is such a negative
term at all.


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