Verily I say unto thee, that High Plains Thumper spake thusly:
: Certain off-charter, abusive, anti-Linux or
pro-Microsoft threads will be dropped, depending on their
severity, and hence not included in the stats, which are
provided by me as a measure of advocacy, not as a means of
spreading the Trolls' lies and malice even further.
Just think Homer, if we had a
comp.os.linux.advocacy.moderated group, you would not have
to produce t[r]oll free stats. The trolls would be
moderated out. :-)
I'm not naive enough to think that a group like COLA[M] won't
attract Trolls, especially given Microsoft's documented
intentions in that regard ("Evangelism is War!"). And as
others have pointed out COLA is more like a bar than some
private club ("Is this the right room for an argument?"),
which serves as a honey pot to attract all the kooks and
shills that would otherwise infest other Linux groups.
That doesn't mean I have to read any of their putrid garbage
tho', and it certainly doesn't mean I have to propagate it in
As I've said before, I would no more consider including the
Trolls crap in the stats than any other spam. It's not
Homer, of course it isn't. However, I have seen enough of:
If COLA were a physical location like a building where those
who would advocate the growth of the Linux operating systems and
the Linux community gather, the anti-Linux propagandists would be
raiding that building. They would be vandalizing the building,
painting graffiti on the walls, defecating and urinating on the
floors and furniture, breaking down the doors, setting fire to
the building and physically assaulting the resident Linux
advocates and the visitors who happen to be in the building at
the time of the raid.
COLA is not a physical location, so they have had to adapt
their methods so that they can do an on-line version of what was
described in the prior paragraph. A key method used by anti-Linux
propagandist to attack Linux, its users, sysadmins, developers,
advocates and those who have come to COLA to lean about Linux. is
a form of propaganda known as disinformation. One of their
favorite version of disinformation is known as FUD.
I have seen it all in this group. The writer of this section in
the FAQ hit the nail on the head of all the anti-Linux advocacy I
have seen here.
As far as bars go, this is more of a Blue Spruce Lizard Lounge in
the dingiest part of the city than it is a Cheers [tm] TV show bar.
Quando omni flunkus moritati
(If all else fails, play dead)
- "Red" Green