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I'd like to add as a completely separate post and idea, that if I felt like being treated like a baby, I would goo goo gah gah and wear a bib instead of reading someone's "how to post in a forum" guide. When sites put something like this up, it's understandable. When people write things like this, they are telling you that you are a baby and need to be spoon-fed. If someone asking a stupid question or avoiding their daily google upsets you enough to write a novel about how to post in a forum, you need to stay off the internet.
P.S. These two posts just increased my post count by two.
P.P.S. Try spending 5 hours typing a novel into that google search box and not finding a single answer to a simple question. If you do it twice, "how to post" manuals are probably very interesting to you.
We take time out of busy lives to answer questions, and at times we're overwhelmed with them. So we filter ruthlessly. In particular, we throw away questions from people who appear to be losers in order to spend our question-answering time more efficiently, on winners.
Then let someone who doesn't throw a fit like a little kid when someone asks a question the wrong way answer the question if they want to, before throwing a book at the poster. It's hard to believe this sort of material comes from the minds of intelligent people. I ignore any implied sarcasm.
My respect for Eric Raymond was flushed down the toilet after this. He's a smart guy, and he has an informed opinion, but other than that he's no better than anyone else who blogs and posts their opinions all over the place, bitching and moaning about things.
As I remember it's always been that way. The initial reply to a thread counts towards the total post count. After that nothing is applied from within that thread to the total count. Most helpers are just that, Helpers. As for my reasoning to help, I want to give back to the community. Simple but true.
BTW, I'm not angered. I just won't tolerate misuse, spin or making statements that mis-represent what I state. I don't spin and expect others not to use what I say irresponsibly.
Odds are you'll screw up a few times on hacker community forums — in ways detailed in this article, or similar. And you'll be told exactly how you screwed up, possibly with colourful asides. In public.
When this happens, the worst thing you can do is whine about the experience, claim to have been verbally assaulted, demand apologies, scream, hold your breath, threaten lawsuits, complain to people's employers, leave the toilet seat up, etc. Instead, here's what you do:
Get over it. It's normal. In fact, it's healthy and appropriate.
I hope that this is a joke.
I guarantee you that there are people who would argue with you about whether or not it's healthy, normal, and appropriate to spend your days and nights bitching at people when they don't post properly or throwing a "guide to asking a question" at them. This has to be a joke.
*EDIT*: onebuck, I was thinking this also ... they must have changed it, maybe recently.
Apologies if I twisted your words, onebuck. Apologies, anyways. I'm just very irritated tonight, and it seems people are doing things on purpose sometimes that they might not be ...
I erased the parts of my post that were out of line.
THE PACKAGE SYSTEM
Choose wisely or you might end up with rpm dependency madness or overcooked Gentoo ebuilds. If you want a more pleasant experience, try Debian's dpkg/apt or ArchLinux pacman with AUR.
GUI, GNOME, KDE OR NOT?
Ubuntu has always been more a chain to the leg of a Linux user than any help at all.. Ubuntu doesn't provide extra configuration tools, GNOME does .. Ubuntu doesn't help you when your screen is black (CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE or CTRL+ALT+F1-4 does) .. Many many users keep telling themselves that they will LEARN more by using EASIER distros, which is a total lie ..
You learn more from choosing distros with proper documentation.
Try Gentoo or ArchLinux, they have proper documentation and they are not ass-powdering you like Ubuntu.