[Linux-aus] this list

Karl Goetz karl at kgoetz.id.au
Wed Sep 1 20:14:32 AEST 2021

On 1/9/21 12:37 pm, Ashley via linux-aus wrote:
> On 1/9/21 1:09 am, Adam Nielsen via linux-aus wrote:
>>> Past discussions here have had a conclusion that using this list for 
>>> general
>>> Linux support is OK.  But the majority of traffic here isn't about 
>>> that which
>>> will be a disincentive to people asking such questions.
>>> Should we have a separate list for Linux support in Australia to be 
>>> welcoming
>>> to such queries?
>> Personally while I don't mind the odd support question, I'd probably
>> unsubscribe if the list became support heavy, and I wouldn't subscribe
>> to a new support list.  I'm already on specific lists for things I'm
>> interested in (usually the app's own support list) and for OS level
>> stuff I use the web forums provided by the distros I use.  Stack
>> Exchange might not be open source but at least the user content is
>> Creative Commons so I have no issue using that as one of many other
>> alternatives.
>> <snip>
>> Cheers,
>> Adam.
> I would like to make a comment that may be irrelevant but:
> When I originally joined SLUG in the late 90s we had a list that was 
> very active and useful. Many members asked questions related to the 
> linux OS and replies came from many other members. At this time the 
> group was member focused. It was populated with users and developers. We 
> all helped each other. Now that we are members of Linux Australia the 
> user focus has disappeared and it seems to have become a System Admin 
> group. I know sys admin and politics are important areas but surely 
> there is room for the users/amateur programmers/testers in the 
> organisation.

If the LA lists are anything like the other communities I'm involved in 
its not that the sysadmins came and squeezed everyone else out, "rather 
everyone" else left to find more specialised places to ask their 
questions (which I believe is consistent with Adams text above).


That said, I am aware that more specialised groups for sysadmins like 
SAGE-AU and AUUG effectively disappeared so there is probably more to 
this story than I've given credit for above.

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