OT: General behaviour of the community (from 'Why winetools is utterly useless, once and for all')

Hiji hijinio at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 29 18:31:58 CST 2006

> How do you propose we prevent people from emailing people that post to
> wine-devel?  How do we choose who gets to email people directly and
> who doesn't?  How do we filter the contents of their email?

I want to chime in and say that I'm with Tom and the ole Doc here.  I don't think there's any way to filter somebody's contents, but I think it's important for the community to speak up when somebody is out of line.

I know I was the first to respond to Sergin's email by asking that he be more constructive in his feedback, but past that, none of the regulars on this thread said much.  Now, his thread has spawned into something that is soooo far out there that it almost has no relevancy to this list.  I want to note that I don't see how Sergin's comments and behavior could have been interpreted as anything but inappropriate; however, with the majority of people not saying anything, I can only imagine that Sergin felt that what he did was perfectly okay and acceptable on this list.

I'm trying to say two things here:
1) If somebody says/ does something that is not okay, say something to that person.  Of course, be constructive about it.  For example, when I first joined this list, people got upset that I was top-posting - I learned that it was not ok in this community because people said someting.  So, I try to bottom post (when I remember.)
2) I've always said Wine is an awesome thing - probably the best thing to come out of the Linux community since ... well, Linux and its desktops.  Now, more than ever, Wine need as many developers as possible to keep it improve b/c as Linux adoption continues people will look to Wine and CrossOver for application cross-compatibility.  And, I'm not talking about the developer who pops in with a patch every 6 months (I see that person as a patch submitter), but instead, I'm talking about a developer who dedicated him/herself to the Wine project.  And with that, the team can't afford to lose that good talent b/c the "newbie talent" was mistreated in this community.

Those are my 2 cents that I think will go a long way.


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