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From Stacie Jones <>
Subject Re: A moderator's view of this list [was: Re: I Hate Your Product]
Date Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:18:55 GMT
I won't apologize for not sympathizing with someone that starts out by
being defensive! This list has as many purposes(is that a word?) are there
are subscribers. I personally will not vote for enabling flamers! In an
ideal world,  netiquette is unnecessary, old-fashioned manners are enough.
Thanks All,
On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Caesar <> wrote:
> > On Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:51:42 -0400, Stacie Jones
> > <> wrote Re Re: I Hate Your Product:
> >
> > >Is it a prerequisite that everyone on this list have absolutely no
> manners
> > >whatsoever? I'm so sick of getting these nasty messages.
> >
> > I'm glad you brought this up.  This list server seems to have the
> > highest percentage of computer-clueless people I have seen anywhere.
> > It's unbelievable.  The top posters are the worst offenders.
> >
> >
> A quick perspective from a list moderator.
> The parent post was not sent by a list subscriber.  Apache lists are
> configured to allow anyone to post, including non-subscribers.  If someone
> is not a subscriber their posts are held for moderation.  If they are not
> spam, I let the post through.  This is true, even if the post is rude.
> (But if it included a lot of swearing I would not let it through).
> Now, let's look at it from the user's perspective, and have some sympathy.
> Their first choice was not to send a note to this list.  Their post comes
> at the end of a long chain of failures and frustrations, being bounced
> around by Dell and Amazon, not figuring out OpenOffice, probably not
> finding a good answer searching Google or on our website.
> However, I think a user that is in this state is not best served by sending
> a note to this list.
> A) First, since the original poster is not subscribed to the list, he is
> not receiving any of the responses, unless he was explicitly copied on the
> response.
> B) If the user does subscribe, they will likely soon be frustrated by
> unrelated questions and answers, but be unable to unsubscribe themselves
> without assistance.
> So we all want users to be able to resolve their issues, without
> unnecessary complications.  I think the support forums are a much better
> place for users to raise such questions.
> What do you think?   What is the purpose of this ooo-users list compared to
> the support forums?  On some project communications we advertise both as
> equal support avenues for users to raise problems.  Is that what we should
> be doing?  In other words, what is the purpose of this list and how do we
> make that clear to users?
> -Rob

Stacie M. Jones
~"Lokaa samastaa sukhino bhavantu,"~
"May all worlds be happy."

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