>  If we kindly educate them instead of 
>attacking them, (and when appropriate, privately, instead of 
>embarrassing them publicly on the list), we might over time convert some 
>of them to useful human beings. 

>Best regards,

I'm not sure if English is your first language or not but do you realise what
you are saying? "Convert people into useful human beings?" 

I get what you mean though, you want beginners to get a warm welcome and when
they are here a bit longer they will realise what the customs are.

I'm all for it. New GIMP users can become developers later on or contribute
to GIMP in some other way. So I say, be nice, welcoming and understanding to
them. Besides, it's good to be nice to others. 

The forums on GIMP are very welcoming to newbies, the mailing list a little
less so, but it's not that bad.  

jolie (via www.gimpusers.com)
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