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RE: Setup.exe sugestion/annoyance
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Steve Fairbairn <steve dot fairbairn at perwill dot com>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 11:10:06 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: RE: Setup.exe sugestion/annoyance
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Wed, 21 May 2003, Steve Fairbairn wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Christopher Faylor [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: 21 May 2003 15:33
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Re: Setup.exe sugestion/annoyance
> > Primer on how not to get free software problems fixed:
> > 1) Download free software.
> > 2) Notice that the free software doesn't work exactly the way you want.
> > 3) Assume that the reason the free software doesn't work the way you
> > want it to is because someone is missing something very obvious.
> > Do no research to prove that theory. Assume that you are the
> > very first person to notice the problem and decide to scold
> > the free software developers.
> > 4) Send offended email.
> > 5) Receive email from developer telling you why things work the way
> > they do.
> > 5) Respond in insulting fashion to the developer who volunteers time to
> > work on free software.
> > 6) Speculate, while doing no research, that the bug in the free software
> > program is probably fixable by using a proprietary software product
> > available for purchase for many $$$.
> > 6) Suggest that bug in free software was purposely introduced.
> > 7) Wait for problem to be fixed, basking in the warm knowledge that you've
> > done everything possible to help the volunteer developers of the free
> > software.
> Why isn't this is the FAQ? I've found usability bug in the FAQ that'd only
> take the FAQ maintainer seconds to change, by loading it up in Microsoft
> Word XP, copy and pasting this into it, making it produce new HTML, and
> What a crime against humanity this is.
> Steve Fairbairn.
Ah, yes, perhaps we should have an "Answers For Dummies" section of the
FAQ (external, I bet) that repeats all the answers to dummy questions and
statements, like CGF's answer above, and the sample question/statement
kindly supplied by Steve. We might have to distribute it compressed,
though, as it's likely to fill up with junk pretty quickly. In fact, we
should probably have a paid subscription to it. ;-)
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