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Re: A newbie's contribution?
I hear ya Dirk!
I'm kind of a n00b. I find it terribly difficult to deal with the
arrogant Ubernerds who shoo you with links to sites you've read already.
The same sites that failed to answer your questions and the reason you're
now in a mailing list.
If I'm going through the trouble of joining a fscking mailing list,
getting SPAMMED with 500 messages a day, I want an ANSWER. Not runaround.
Have these Ubernerds lost their enthusiasm in OpenBSD?
Are they trying to discourage others from using it? I certainly seems so.
PS: It's not a flame, it's the truth.
On Fri, 14 Jun 2002, Dr Dirk Pilat wrote:
> Sorry that I mingle, but some of the comments just have been a bit too
> The question is, can a newbie make a valuable contribution or will he
> annoy the whole OpenBSD community by asking a maybe stupid or foolish
> question (even with previously digging through Howto's, Faq's, Google
> and man). Well, I say he (she) can. Maybe not by writing code or
> supplying a new section to a Faq, but just by being enthusiastic about a
> new operating system he (she) found easy to install, easy to use and
> easy to maintain and sharing his (her) enthusiasm. As an example, see
> Even though some members of the OpenBSD community see themselves
> uninterested in global recognition and annoyed by clueless newbies who
> shatter their zen-like tranquility I would still give these people a
> forum to air their genuine concerns and where they can ask questions
> without being flamed to death and reverting back to Wintel.
> I was devastated after three weeks of not getting my ADSL USB modem to
> work (after reading and re-reading the faq, mailinglist archives and
> howto's), so I got hold of the chap who wrote the driver for OpenBSD on
> IRC and after 5 minutes and some friendly banter he solved the issue for
> me, and I am now the proud owner of a fully functional and connected
> openBSD box, thanks to him. Now that I am a tiny bit wiser I will try to
> help people on that mailinglist with simialr concerns.
> So, what's so bad about that?
> Always remember, a OpenBSD newbie might be a complete looser when it
> comes to writing code, but he might just have something else to
> ---PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE---
> "Now, where's the 'any' key?"
There are only two things that are infinite; the Universe, and human
stupidity. I'm not sure about the first one.