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Re: [gNewSense-users] gnewsense irc channel split?

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gnewsense irc channel split?
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:19:44 -0700

On Fri, 2010-07-23 at 22:48 +0200, address@hidden wrote:
> Dear list,
> Today someone in the gNewSense irc channel proposed me to split #gnewsense
> in two different channels: one for support only and the other for offtopic
> chat only.
> The aim should be to provide a better support service for our users.
> Please tell me what you think about this idea.
> I would like to hear your opinions, suggestions, critics etc.

I don't know that we need separate support + off topic channels.

I like the idea of having as many people as possible in a channel
because you never know when someone might say "I know how to answer

I understand the person bringing this up was objecting to people
carrying on different, off-topic conversations (and thereby providing a
lower level of support) but that's a problem in any channel that has
multiple people.

Even if everyone /were/ on topic, not everyone's going to be working
on/interested in/able to help the same topic, so people need to
selectively screen out that which doesn't apply to them.

Telling everyone else to shut up/go elsewhere just because someone can't
selectively ignore unrelated conversations isn't the best idea, IMHO.

If someone can't keep up, I wonder what that person does in a loud,
crowded room? Ask everyone else to be quiet so they can have a

If they can't keep up perhaps they should consider being on IRC.

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