[mythtv-users] "get the sources and fix it yourself"

Bearcat M. Sandor HomeTheater at feline-soul.com
Fri Sep 28 04:12:30 UTC 2007


Peter,

Well stated. I'll think about that for a while and then go read ESR's famous 
article again.

As a side note, i read your name to quickly and thought "Wow. PDQ Bach uses 
mythtv? No wait.."

Bearcat M. Sandor
On Thursday 27 September 2007 in an email titled "Re: [mythtv-users] "get the 
sources and fix it yourself"" Peter Schachte wrote:
>Bearcat M. Sandor wrote:
>> My problem is that i feel i have to say to my clients "Look, please go to
>> XYZ place for help but be aware that there are assholes out there who will
>> call you stupid and tell you to RTFM, even if you have to say 'i don't
>> remember what the manual is, or "Step off. I just started using Linux
>> yesterday. and i just wanted help rather then search aimlessly through the
>> tangle of google."
>
>This is really an issue of sociology.  Each hacker community evolves its own
>social norms and its own standards of hospitality, just like any society.  I
>subscribe to mailing lists on which people will take the time to rewrite
> your buggy code for you to show you how it should be done, and others where
> most questions are answered curtly.  We may wish all forums could be
> helpful and polite, but each evolves along its own path, and trying to
> change it is about as likely to succeed as trying to change any society's
> culture.  This, I think, is the unspoken point behind esr's discussion. 
> Someone asking for help from open source developers really has nothing to
> offer in exchange for help.  In such a situation, the best a questioner can
> do is try to maximise the likelihood of a positive outcome.  And that's
> what esr's discussion is trying to say how to do.




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