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rick at rs432.net
Fri Nov 13 23:49:58 GMT 2009
Darren Grant wrote:
> The worst possible scenario is for the community to end up being
> divided by the existence of more than one list
Which is pretty much what I was saying...
> We seem like quite a friendly bunch that even tolerate a lot of
> strictly off topic conversations on subjects such as RM systems etc.
That's one of the best attributes. I've been some places where anything
even slightly off-topic is stamped on, and it causes the list to
stagnate as it doesn't allow for exploration. An example from here, my
"Help!" message asking about Xubuntu on an SD card. Totally off-topic.
This then went to consider the sort of wear levelling systems there are
on flash memory devices. Still off topic, but may be of some relevance
to people thinking of replacing harddiscs with SD/MMC cards.
Or, to put it another way - I bet there's more than a few Master Compact
machines out in the wild with duff NVRAM EEPROMs...
Also, you're right that there's no pointless flamewar situation going
on. But, then, being owners of and a mailing list about the best spec'd
8 bit home microcomputer ever put into general circulation, we've got
nothing to flame about! :-)
> I think that greater effort needs to go into resolving the situation
There's only one person that can do anything specific. Maybe this
explains all the messages flying around on the subject - we subscribers
are, ultimately, powerless. [*]
> when really It is not such a big issue
I didn't expect this sort of response either. Maybe it is a bigger issue
after all? Look through the archives for how many "drat! reposted!" bits
you can see at the top of messages, thus indicating its an ongoing thing
from way back when.
> If the list moves I think just setting up alternatives and seeing who
> joins is not the answer,
Certainly. Right now we have one alternative. What if Rob decides he can
set up a better list? Or John K, or you... Suddenly it's chaos theory in
action - entropy will increase exponentially, and it will soon settle
into the choas-into-organisation as it is supposed to... in other words,
the BBC mailing list (in any form) would largely cease to exist.
It has to be an organised move of everything, or nothing at all. And
that would obviously have to include all the list lurkers.
> Perhaps I'll call my list coup d'état,
Mmmm... all these Frenchisms entering our language (brownie points for
the accent, BTW! :-) ).
I read the other day some programme on TV being described as "Grand
Guignol". This must be the in phrase as I've heard it twice recently.
Well, Guignols to me are a French programme with latex puppets that
makes Spitting Image look docile. So I Wiki'd the phrase. Quote: "The
name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror
entertainment." Not how I'd describe the programme being defined. Hell,
I think "The Princess Bride" was called this by somebody - like, huh?
> what will people call their lists I wonder ?
I've already mentioned mine - dokidoki (doe-kee-doe-kee) or どきどき
* - not completely, we COULD move, I am aware of that.
but we are powerless to effect any alteration of the
server's behaviour and configuration.
Rick Murray, eeePC901 & ADSL WiFI'd into it, all ETLAs!
BBC B: DNFS, 2 x 5.25" floppies, EPROM prog, Acorn TTX
E01S FileStore, A3000/A5000/RiscPC/various PCs/blahblah...
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