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Linux LQ is a wonderful enterprise, a lighthouse in the evil darkness of a fallen Microsux world, and I found many of the people there to be absolutely awesome in terms of their knowledge, skills, and willingness to help. However, it has matured to the point that it is mostly Greek, addressing subjects in Greek, that will only intimidate and discourage a newcomer or acolyte, who will sometimes feel in over their heads even in the "Newbies" forum.
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what the--??!?-- blog vs forum

Posted 10-04-2016 at 09:22 AM by danrevell
Updated 11-03-2016 at 08:14 PM by danrevell (addendum)

Just discovered lately that there is quite a bit more action on this blog than I thought... for the benefit of those readers who may be as drain-bamaged as myself, I submit these mystifying aspects of LQ blogs, for which I can offer no explanation.
1) Posts are in reverse chronological order. If you want to follow the line of conversation you have to start at the end and read the posts backwards, toward the top, unlike the forums, where the natural flow and chronological order is more-or-less preserved.
2)"Comments", despite being part-and-parcel of the ongoing conversation, are not "posts"; they are hidden away under that little blue link at the bottom right of the post (the one that says, logically enough, "Comments"), and/or, it turns out, presented below the new page one sees upon electing to "Continue reading". If a reader wishes to follow the conversation they must click on either of those boxes, peruse the "comments", and then return to the page containing the next "post".
I can see the old hands at this style, laughing and shaking their heads (or some of them just sighing in disgust). I have no recollection of how I ever developed the notion that a rendering of a conversation should be presented in the same order in which the comments and contributions occurred; I just hope this is of some use to any other reader who harbored the same fallacy, and, like me, missed a lot of the meat in this blog.
By dint of my anti-establishmentarianist nature I am compelled to rectify this affront to sensibility, in my little corner of "reality". I shall copy/cut/paste until my fingers bleed, in order to give my blog the logical chronological format, and show comments in with the posts.

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    What you have described is how blogs work since the coming of web 2.0.

    What I find most distressing is that some posters seem to think that LQ blogs are the proper location for support questions, and they are not. Blogs are for sounding off about stuff. A support question posted to an LQ blog is very likely not going to be seen by persons who can help.
    Posted 10-07-2016 at 02:54 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
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    Well, at least I understood THAT... thanks, Frank; so I'm NOT just imagining an i-world that made sense, it actually once existed?
    Anyone who can stomach another example of the Hubbardesque mentality (make much ado about redefining and renaming a fairly common concept or procedure, and insist that it is "new", "enlightened", and "progressive", until enough people believe you) which has brought us to this dismal state of "modern" technology which so deeply "enriches the experience" of being online, have a gander at the wikipedia link that FrankBell provided.
    For those without the time and/or patience, here's my basic take on "web 2.0" ...
    TimeLine: Y2K era. Techies create innovations and, in some cases, actual improvements on the dynamics of websurfing and the interactiveability (not a real word) of websites. Using the aforementioned Hubbardesque approach, somebody(s) (the timing smacks of Slick Willy) promotes and promulgates these changes with no regard for the fact that they don't work with most of the systems, procedures, and protocols at large. (Everybody needs to UPGRADE !). In short, efficacity (a real word) which is anything but efficacious because the changes predicate a dumping of what was working just fine for an "upgrade" to new systems and software, despite the fact that the changes could have been instituted within the working paradigm. (Not a common phenomena in Linux.)
    A good example from my personal on-the-job experience is an old databasing program, written in GBasic. With the power and speed of modern machines, that program FLEW !! Until we upgraded to an OS that couldn't/wouldn't run GBasic.
    Posted 10-07-2016 at 09:27 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
    Updated 10-07-2016 at 09:30 PM by danrevell


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