The firewall discussion raises an earlier point made, AFAIK, by Kate:
the drift of clued listmembers away from the ILUG list.
Perhaps I am unable to appreciate the value of this discussion, but most
of it seems pretty puerile, to say the least. This kind of discourse
(with noise growing exponentially, while signal all but vanishes) is
really of little benefit to the listmembers at large, and I do not think
it should be taken to such extremes on the list. People with limited
time or bandwith will simply drift away from discussions of this kind.
Clued individuals will almost certainly be short of the former.
If we carry down this road, we can look forward to marvellous
discussions such as vi-vs-emacs; sendmail-vs-qmail-vs-postfix; and that
sadly neglected topic of just exactly how many angels *can* stand on the
head of a pin.
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