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    The decline of Linux boards.

    Cool blog Randicus Draco Albus. It's interesting to hear a view like this from another person.
    I know you participate regularly (or at least used to) over at one of the Debian forums, i think the atmosphere over there is the complete opposite to what you have described. Many of the members there are snarky, disrespectful and closed off to people whom need help. That is one of the reasons i don't participate there very often.
    I like the atmosphere of LQ, people can converse in what i consider reasonable lax. I have said things to other members here which were not polite, but the members whom i directed it at were in the wrong, and i think that because of this, my stance was tolerated. I try to maintain a sense of politeness and helpfulness most of the time though and i think most users deserve it.
    I do not see demanding users here very often, and when i do, they're usually told 'where to go' before i read their post. The users here aren't shy, they won't conform to a rude request from a lazy noob, but they will help most users whom are respectful but are not knowledgeable to know where to find an answer.
    The problem with many noobs entering the world of Gnu/Linux is not only the change of os, but many people simply are not intuitive enough to think of using a search engine to solve their problems.
    My mum constantly asks me for computer related help, and i'm still drilling it into her head that she needs to learn to search for her problem first. Some people take longer to learn things.
    Posted 12-21-2013 at 08:25 PM by Knightron Knightron is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

    Yes, I am referring to Linux boards. I do not participate on technical fora, so have no experience to form an opinion on.
    Posted 12-16-2013 at 10:53 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

    I don't quite understand the connection you make between Linux specifically and the change in tone in the forum. Is the change in tone unique to Linux forums or is this happening to other IT forums too or is your concern limited to Linux forums. For example, would you say this is true of RailsForum or Technet or DevShed? Or is the "dumbing down" unique to Linux users' forums?
    Posted 12-16-2013 at 09:08 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

    Explaining that more information is needed is not the problem. The problem is when people are directed to the documentation and the response is, "I did not come here to waste my time reading documention. I came here to get an answer. Give it to me now." And yes, I have seen, and been involved in, threads where someone is asked to post information relevant to a problem, such as /etc/network/interfaces and the response is, "I do not care about that kind of thing. I just want an answer to my question." On most boards today, such people are expected to be handled with kid gloves. Telling them their problems cannot be resolved without the information asked for in a manner not as polite as can be, will usually earn a rebuke from the administrative staff. Even though the person asking the question to be told to f-off. This is why most knowledgeable people have abandoned Linux boards in disgust.
    Posted 12-16-2013 at 03:52 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    The decline of Linux boards.

    As a new member of Linuxquestions, I have seen enough questions of the type "I have this problem and am too lazy to google or even properly describe it, please spoon-feed me!". But it doesn' seem to me that this is tolerated; usually there are no answers at all or somebody explains that more information is needed, or that the answer is out there and where to look for it.

    In short, while people may be polite most of the time, they do tell clearly what needs to be told. So I don't quite share your opinion.
    Posted 12-16-2013 at 12:55 AM by berndbausch berndbausch is offline

  



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