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I'm totally with you on this one though, since it's General, I've no need (or care to) to know about American politics . And Windows Vs Linux, Mortal Kombat Vs Street Fighter, Sonic Vs Mario, Xbox Vs PS2 are kinda of boring... endless lines of personal opinions .
I do though, think that the name should be changed to Off-Topic, ratter then General. That would reduce the number of users posting on "Linux - General" threads that should fit into "General" and vice-versa instead
Last edited by Mega Man X; 10-05-2004 at 07:12 AM.
I think a general forum is a great forum in which to 'just hang out' - you don't have to visit it if you don't want to but it's free from any distro-specific bias and can be a good way of getting to know other Linux users from around the world without actually having to post specifically about Linux
edit: another vote for 'off-topic' as a better alternative to 'general'
an enormous amount of time and energy is wasted by members on controversial and totally non-productive topics/issues.
One could argue that posting ANYTHING not directly related to solving a Linux problem is non-productive and a waste of time and energy (including this thread). However, each person has individual opinions and beliefs, which most like to share with others. There are many people who make a comfortable living doing nothing but discussing and arguing politics. The only time I think it's non-productive is when the discussion becomes repetative and/or abusive.
Originally posted by mikshaw One could argue that posting ANYTHING not directly related to solving a Linux problem is non-productive and a waste of time and energy (including this thread). However, each person has individual opinions and beliefs, which most like to share with others. There are many people who make a comfortable living doing nothing but discussing and arguing politics. The only time I think it's non-productive is when the discussion becomes repetative and/or abusive.
Yes. Theoritically speaking you are right.
But look at what happens. Most threads become nasty and unproductive even without becoming flame wars.
There's a qualititative difference between "ANY non-linux question" and a "DELIBERATELY provocative topic".
So where would you draw the line? That's what I would like to know.
Off topic from what? Linux non-technical threads go here as well as Windows questions, etc.
I say stop worrying about it and leave it as it is as its not going to go away. Cause I certainly don't want to wake up to a dozen reported posts a day in Linux - General that have nothing to do with Linux.