[Wine] Web Forums

Paul Johnson baloo at ursine.ca
Thu Feb 28 21:23:24 CST 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:30 AM, Dan Kegel <dank at kegel.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:09 AM, Paul Johnson <baloo at asisine.ca> wrote:
>  > And if they're too dumb to use email,
>  > what hope do they have of being able to constructively discuss wine?
>  Being a curmudgeon, that's my own instinctive response.
>  But it's possible there's a generation gap at work
>  here, and people under 21 or so just don't use email
>  in general.

That's their loss.  If they can't be bothered to use the proper
established channels, we shouldn't bother to change the channel to
cater to them.

>  There certainly has been a flood of newbies
>  posting since we hooked up the forum.

That's our loss.  The quality of the threads has also gone down.  Not
to mention the spam flood, plus that one moron who insists on
responding to every spam to tell everyone it's spam.  Way to go,
there, too:  A lot of us wouldn't have ever seen the spam if he hadn't
replied to it...

>  We can probably reduce the number of clueless posts
>  a bit by writing an FAQ tailored to forum users,

But being forum users, they won't read it anyway.  Forum users come
with the attitude of "I'm not paying for help, but YOU FUCKING OWE ME,
DAMMIT!!  I'm not going to provide any useful information about what's
wrong, you get to give me a magic fix! And it has to happen RIGHT
NOW!!111!!  Do we really need them?

Paul Johnson
baloo at ursine.ca

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