Why not Ruby?

Tim Greer tim at burlyhost.com
Sat Jan 3 01:20:49 CET 2009


Don Geddis wrote:

> Richard Riley <rileyrgdev at gmail.com> wrote on Thu, 01 Jan 2009:
>> Tim Greer <tim at burlyhost.com> writes:
>>> That poster has a frequent habit of cross posting to multiple,
>>> irrelevant
>>> news groups.  There's no rhyme or reason to it.
>>
>> No rhyme nor reason? It's quite clear, to me, why.  How is a
>> comparison article not relevant when he is trying to stimulate
>> discussion about alternative languages for modern development?
> 
> Sometimes crossposting can be useful.  But you ought to at least be
> aware of some of the possible drawbacks, e.g. expressed here:
>         http://www.nhplace.com/kent/PFAQ/cross-posting.html
> 
> In particular, the usual hope by the poster is that the content is
> relevant to the union of people in the different groups, but the
> actual experience is that it is often relevant only to the
> intersection of such people.
> 
> And, moreover, that a long cross-posted thread on controversial topics
> often winds up with people talking at cross-purposes past each other,
> because they don't share enough common values to have a useful
> conversation.
> 
> In particular, the poster that started this thread is well known for
> adding far more noise than signal to any discussion, and for showing
> no interest in the greater good of any of the communities, but only in
> his own glorification.
> 
> You labor under the delusion that there is at least good intent here,
> and the
> poster ought to receive the benefit of the doubt.  Long prior
> experience shows that this hope is misplaced.
> 
>         -- Don

Thank you, Don, for outlining the issue far more eloquently than I was
able to.  Also, to be clear, I don't think anyone's upset that people
find his posts interesting, but it doesn't make it so for everyone else
(or assign them any ailment if they don't see it that way) --
especially in regard to the other groups he cross posts to (of which
one should have specifically been the ruby group, but I digress.)
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