Originally Posted by caravel
So in other words people should not set the root password because you said so - and you say so because "buntu said so" and you share those opinions? You obviously do not feel the need to explain yourself and the insinuation is that the reader should simply accept your written word as being one of the "ten commandments of GNU/Linux" and just "do it your way".
I was under the impression that this site was for the passing on of information with regard to GNU/Linux. I was also unaware that the "buntu way" as it is enforced at buntuforums is also now being pushed here. I was certainly not aware of there being an issue of "too much information"?
Having been here for more than a decade, one of the main things I've learnt, and tried to take on board, not always successfully, is that the majority of members posting want to achieve an end result, and fix their problem. They ask inappropriate questions fairly often, and so it's a case of trying to understand the problem they want to fix instead of just answering their questions which often will either not help them actually achieve what they want or potentially lead them down dead ends as they jump to conclusions, through no fault of their own, that will not assist them in getting where they want to get. So whilst you seem to be trying to set me up to deny I ever said that, yes there is absolutely a risk of too much information, and it happens very frequently here from people not taking enough time to understand the objectives of the OP.
I had to have a car scrapped last year, as there was something wrong with the cam shaft or piston heads, causing metal deposits in the oil and blowing up the turbo. I wanted to have a functional car agaian so I was asking how to fix the engine. What work needs to be done? Would I need to buy a new engine? How much would that be? The garage, not being money grabbing goons, said, well... it's not worth fixing really, you'd be better off getting a new car. And that's what I ended up doing, and know my new car is great. Were they doing the wrong thing by not fixing / patching up my old car? Of course not. They could have gone too far in the wrong direction, really shafted me, and given me the equivalent of too much information, in the form of too many expensive invoices.
Often just the need to ask a question proves they probably should not be asking the question in the first place. How many people who come here and ask "How do I compile a kernel"? should actually do it? Such a broad question suggests that they don't really understand the implications of compiling their own kernel, configuring it etc. There's nearly always a reason that they ended up thinking that they need to when in reality they almost certainly don't. There are plenty of situations where you DO need to compile your own but if you are in that situation, you are hardly likely to be the kind of person who needs to ask such a question in the first place.