__/ [Dylan Parry] on Friday 02 September 2005 12:52 \__
> Using a pointed stick and pebbles, Roy Schestowitz scraped:
>> The newsgroups often appears to be chatroom for boys and girls -- or
>> shall I say -- boys /and/ girls. It quickly slides into non-technical
>> issues and dialogues that are hard to follow.
> IIRC, the original description of this group was something along the
> lines of "to discuss the various issues that affect Webmasters" which is
> particularly vague. IMHO it is fair to say that anything goes as long as
> it's marked OT.
I found that OT threads tend to involve a small group of regular particpants
while the real questions, which are are on-topic, get triggerred by
hit-and-run posters. This characterises many groups, but no all.
In some groups, subscribers would raise any minute problem that they came
across and then work cohesively to make one another feel truly supported --
that is -- backed by a circle of gurus. There are some mailing lists which
are characterised by these dispositions, yet not any Web-related newsgroup
I am aware of.