[Samba] Re: How Samba let us down

Keith G. Murphy keithmur at mindspring.com
Fri Oct 25 01:58:00 GMT 2002

Keith G. Murphy wrote:
 > I think he's referring to the phenomenon that I've seen on way too
 > many technical mailing lists:  be a complete asshole and you'll get
 > the complete and undivided attention of multiple developers and power
 > users, all of of whom assert, while helping, that that's not a good
 > way to get help.  :-)
 > Best way to do it is to impugn the quality of the product, and
 > threaten to switch to another.
 > (By the way, the OP's subject line was a work of art along these
 > lines. The 'us', rather than 'me', raising the prospect of a huge
 > group of people disappointed in Samba, was particularly nice.  I take
 > my hat off.)
 > I'm pretty sure a lot of posters have noticed this and use it to
 > their advantage.  You do have to be kind of unprincipled first...
 > :-)
Ack!  I didn't mean to imply as much as it looks like I did about the OP
and his motives.  I was more focused on a social phenomenon that I'd 
noticed.  The subject line *was* a work of art, but that's not quite 
saying the poster is a (con) artist.

For the record, I do not believe he is an asshole, or unprincipled.  I 
am an agnostic on the subject.

(Think before you post, Keith, think *before* you post...)

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