On the need for moderated questions lists

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Fri May 29 16:39:42 UTC 2009

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 09:36:07AM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> OK. On topic is:
> - question about software made by FreeBSD team which is FreeBSD base 
> system+ports subsystem. In ports subsystem i mean the set of scripts and 
> patches that allows you to compile other programs, BUT NOT THE PROGRAMS 
> itself.
> - questions about purely FreeBSD-specific and FreeBSD-dependend things of 
> ported programs. For example:
> ---
> I start program X, configure it the same way as in linux, installed all 
> the same modules, but here it crashes/behave differently. For example:
> --- here some output ---
> Where is a problem
> ---

So . . . it seems like you expect everyone that has a question about
software that runs on multiple OSes (and not *just* FreeBSD) to run an
extra system, running some other OS, just to determine whether there are
differences in the way it fails on their FreeBSD systems and what would
happen on the other OS.  This way, they can offer specific examples of
how it behaves differently on different OSes in order to meet your
criteria for being a FreeBSD topic.

The problem is people who are having trouble getting X to do something on
FreeBSD and don't have a computer running a different OS on which to test
it to compare, or don't have the time to dick around with another OS just
to satisfy W. Puchar's criteria for on-topicness.  What if their X
problems *are* FreeBSD problems, just as you described above, but they
can't specifically verify that they're FreeBSD-related problems because
they don't have the time or resources to test on different OSes to nail
down the points of departure between different OSes?  Are they just SOL
in your estimation?  Should we tell them FOAD because FreeBSD is the only
OS they use?

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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