[Mailman-Users] This is unixstuff warning

Chuq Von Rospach chuqui at plaidworks.com
Wed Jun 13 19:29:16 CEST 2001

On Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at 09:55 AM, JC Dill wrote:

> Which means that they will expect ME to do the same when they come to 
> my list.

You don't have to kvetch at me over this. I know this. I've been on the 
net for 20 years now, teaching people how to fish. I've taught enough 
people to fish to empty the oceans. I'm sorry I don't have the time, 
energy or interest to keep teaching. If that means I fall short of your 
expectations, oh well. I've been doing the education schtick since most 
people on this list were in diapers (I wrote the first usenet manners 
guide back in 1984, and coined the term netiquette).

And, you know what? there are still a lot of people who want you to 
catch it and cook it for you.

right now, I just don't have enough of me left to keep sharing it with 
others. You go ahead -- it's a good thing to do. But I've been doing it 
long enough that I think I've earned doing what's best for me for a 
while, and not always being told to do what everyone else wants out of 

> At some point they *have* to learn to do this for themselves.


>  Why are you not willing to do your part to help them learn, and leave 
> it to the rest of us to educate them???

You can start here:


You're saying I'm not allowed to not do it that way?

>   All it takes is a boilerplate message, apply via cut-n-paste or have 
> it as stationary or a .sig.

I invented most of those techniques. You ignore the basic reality that 
I'm resigning from the position of internet nanny. The hours are long, 
the benefits suck, the kids are colicky and I've done my time. you have 

> I don't let clueless newbies tell me what they want me to do for them.

good for you. Let's see if you still have that compassionate enthusiasm 
in 15 years.

Chuq Von Rospach, Internet Gnome <http://www.chuqui.com>
[<chuqui at plaidworks.com> = <me at chuqui.com> = <chuq at apple.com>]
Yes, yes, I've finally finished my home page. Lucky you.

Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties
are largely ceremonial.

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