Make sure we understand each other!

Today, I got an e-mail from two “American” members of this mailing
list filled with harsh words showing dislike to Indians. I was shocked
to see that.

I assume that this list is not a ground for cross-country fighting nor
for showing any partiality to any race or culture. I always love to
share the spirit of open source development which spreads across time
and space boundaries and that’s exactly why I joined this list. Few
members are pretty new and may ask questions which are non-sense for
geeks. Instead of considering them as un-touchable, let’s support each
other and learn things together.

Let me close this e-mail by re-iterating few quotes from Ubuntu
philosophy (taken from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy) )

Nelson Mandela explained Ubuntu as follows: “...Ubuntu does not mean
that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is:
Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to
be able to improve?”

"I am what I am because of who we all are."

Thank you,
Johnson

Today, I got an e-mail from two “American” members of this mailing
list filled with harsh words showing dislike to Indians. I was shocked
to see that.

If this is true, I cannot support that either (not knowing these
messages and what harsh exactly means to you).

I assume that this list is not a ground for cross-country fighting nor
for showing any partiality to any race or culture. I always love to
share the spirit of open source development which spreads across time
and space boundaries and that’s exactly why I joined this list. Few
members are pretty new and may ask questions which are non-sense for
geeks. Instead of considering them as un-touchable, let’s support each
other and learn things together.

What suggestions do you have to improve that?

In my opinion it does not depend on the country, but there are often
questions where you see that this person did not put effort in it
beforehand by going to the BeagleBoard Web site or using a search
engine. That is very frustrating, since most people here on this list
just do this for fun.

The Django folks have the same problem and they created a Wiki page to
point people to [1] since the standard document by Eric Raymond [2]
seemed to arrogant to them.

Point 4 of the BeagleBoard [3] also deals with this issue. Maybe this
point should be moved to its own Web page so that one could easily
answer with the URL of the page.

[…]

Thanks,

Paul

[1] UsingTheMailingList – Django
[2] How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
[3] Frequently Asked Questions - BeagleBoard

It is a clash between geeks and noobs..
Happens.
A fellow asked me about kernel changes once. I asked him to come over
and I'll explain on my laptop.

He had little idea what kernel was? Nothing about Uboot other than
Uboot.bin is a file.

Now what is a person supposed to do about that!

People should simply do their homework before posting. That's all.
And geeks should not reply with 'harsh' words.

But a simple www.google.com if they can spare 30 seconds..
or a link to a wiki if they can spare a minute.

Let there be PEACE!
:slight_smile: