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02:08 -lilo- [GlobalNotice] Hi all. Apologies for the interruption. Please take a look at http://somegeek.org/ when you get a chance. Thanks.

I go and take a look, its just Rob asking for money. Is this what OPN has become ?

I'm not saying that Rob isn't doing a good job running the network, but he isn't going to attract many fans by mass-msging everyone on opn to get them to look at his diary.

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Work lacks an identity, a handle. Everytime I feel like I move towards a definite goal, it shifts.

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tk: In my way of thinking, the changelog is a list of things that you [or somebody else] has done. Going though and changing history [for lack of a better way to express it] just doesnt seem ``right'' to me. I understand your comment that it should be fine to only change the form - I'm not so mad about it to advocate against changing a changelog from html->text [for example].. but [imo] the text of a changelog shouldn't be altered - if you started altering the previous changelogs, then they can loose, or gain new, meanings.. this is definatly not good, especially where you have a document that is published [loosely speaking] both before and after the changes.
Of course, I may just be speaking straight from my rear orifice. Feel free to discard anything much of what I say.

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Cardinal: Whilst I am a Debian Developer, I agree with some [but not all] of the comments made in that bug report. It is wrong to make changes to previous changelog entries.. it is just wrong. However, it is my feeling that the initial bug reporter has a point - but primarily, it is my belief that the use of profanity [a general definition, don't bother quoting dictionary output at me] just makes the particular user look less professional.

Debian is a volunteer organisation. And although it hurts to admit it, there will be people who do not present professionally. I do my part, and I try to look mildly professional in what I do, but not everyone does. Thats fine - you cannot force things like that apon volunteers.

This is the same kind of issue as I saw crop up on policy/vote earlier.. which was withdrawn.. again, the people who do all the work are volunteers. If they were paid, they would have to act responsibly, but they arent, and you have to take a bit of the bad with that as well.

The Rules

  1. People are stupid
  2. The inteligence of a mob can be estimated by taking the inteligence of the stupidest member, then dividing it by the fourth power of the number of people in the mob.

Talk about pants.

What not to do: spend lots of time trying to fix up a Debian package that has been orphaned, when the previous maintainer didnt really mean they orphaned it.

Talk about a waste of time.
Oh well, its not like I've got lots of other interesting things to do.

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