freebsd vs. netbsd

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Jun 11 13:17:37 UTC 2020

On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 08:30:41 -0400, Jerry wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:23:57 +0200, Polytropon commented:
> >On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 05:53:30 -0400, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> >> As I said before the top posting rule really does fly in the face of
> >> convention for most non-technical/mailing list oriented mail users.
> >>  
> >
> >Hmmm... sorry, but I think that this statement is problematic,
> >as it contains a significant contradiction: You use the
> >term "most non-technical/mailing list oriented mail users",
> >but non-technical users won't use a mailing list! The use
> >of mailing lists is quite prominent among advanced users,
> >while non-technical users seem to prefer web forums. So
> >more or less, you can consider anyone using a mailing list
> >to be an advanced (or at least, not "non-technical" user).
> Nothing snobbish or elitist about that comment.

Absolutely nothing.

My individual observation is, and please note the "direction
of the implication arrow":

	novice user	--->	web forum

	advanced user	--->	mailing list

That does _not_ imply that there aren't (at least a few)
novice users who start on mailing lists (as you can see from
the archives, they do actually exist), and it also does not
imply that advanced users cannot use web forums (and in
fact you can find them there). But compare how many "noobs"
(terminus technicus, not offending) communicate on web forums
compared to mailing lists - you'll see a significant difference.
The reason is simple: For novice users, it seems to be far
easier to register to a web forum than setting up a proper
"working environment" (no matter if it's a web mailer or
a standalone MUA program) for email communication and use
with a mailing list.

	--->  !=  <--->

This is of course a bit oversimplified and does not represent
any attempt of an entirely correct summary. Exceptions exist.
And there's nothing wrong (or "elitist") about it. I know
that, because I know everything. Oh fsck, I accidentally
activated the computer's snob mode... ;-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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