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Why people need to moderate forums

by on Nov.16, 2005, under General

I saw this over on one of the novel forums while looking at documentation and updates for a set of programs we use (well, libraries for the programs – but most people don’t know what I mean by that). While looking at the novell forge site which is where development is done, I was curious to read through some of the developer forums/web posts/etc. I’ve found you can learn a LOT of information by reading through what developers talk about with regards to their products. As a side real quick – look soemtime at Microsofts bloggers to get an idea of what I’m talking about with developers talking to clients directly. Anyways, while doing so, I discovered some… interesting posts.

Now, I can understand someone being busy. I can understand a lot of things, but please people – there’s a limit. When a forum like this one has as much spam as it does… well, that’s usually NOT a good sign. Still, I do have to admit some of the… “posts” are at the very least entertaining from a non-involved viewpoint. I’m not going to repeat anything said, other than to say it’s most vociferous and coarse, and worth a laugh at the stupidity portrayed. It’s hard to describe what reading stuff like that makes me think or feel – perhaps humor isn’t the best term. Perhaps it’s just sad… not sure, but it’s something to look at, point and stare, and shake your head at and rejoice that not everyone in the world is like that. Or something.

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