> > I think the only answer to this is to divide the list, perhaps into a
> > die-hard technical forum, and a more general discussion group where
> > people could discuss anything from domain name policy, to the best
> > place to buy computer hardware, or the price of leased lines, or deal
> > with newbie questions without irritating the die-hard users. I
> > imagine this was pretty much what was intended with the social list,
> > but that obviously hasn't happened.
>> If it didn't work with 'social' (and I think it did, to a certain
> extent), why should it work with your proposal?
>> There are plenty of forums on the Net for people to discuss whatever
> they desire, including a number of Irish newsgroups. However, *this*
> server hosts discussions about Linux in Ireland and the ILUG.
But it's not just about discussing these things, it's about people wanting
to discuss these things with other users with the same interest, i.e. Linux,
or from a Linux point of view. I'm just pointing out that these are some of
the things that people use this list to discuss anyway and nobody should
have a problem with that. Are you saying these people should be told to go
Posts to this list are perhaps becoming increasingly 'off topic' and that
seems to irritate some subscribers, but people should have the freedom to
discuss whatever they want without causing offense. I just think that as we
get more members, interests are bound to diverge a little and in general,
more focused lists with fewer subscribers will acheive more.
(By the way, I'm not saying that the social list is a failure or anything,
it obviously serves a purpose, just a narrower one than what I'm talking
And if it will work for the web development list, why not for my proposal?
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