[kwlug-disc] Webserver hosting advice

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Mon Jun 13 15:23:35 EDT 2011

Richard Weait wrote, On 06/13/2011 1:08 PM:
> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 08:52:58AM -0400, Richard Weait wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>>>> Yes, we can also have a discussion about this on the list, but in this
>>>> case I think getting them e-mail buddies could be helpful.
>>> You mean like, "Hiring a professional" except with all of the blame
>>> and none of the pay?
>> No. I mean like "Share your experiences". You know, like the other
>> ways we support each other with information. If I ask a question and
>> get dumb advice it is my fault for following it.
> It feels different when the folks asking don't ask for themselves.
> They are seeking, or you are suggesting "email buddies".  That seems
> different from sharing the questions and answers on-list, no?

I take your point, but don't think you should take it that way, 
particularly since it's Paul asking.

One (paraphrased) quote I will always remember of Paul's - along the 
lines of "In my experience, the greatest cause for failure of someone 
to convert to Linux is the lack of access to support after the fact. 
You/they can install Linux, but if they don't have anyone to ask 
questions of then, they usually go back to Windows." [Let alone, if 
you've just converted your only computer.]

For someone like myself, and probably many interested in computers, 
the hardest part is where to start. Given a keyword, from a helping 
hand, I can then go google the details, and follow them - it's the 
"what the heck do they call this" that's the first hard part.

Any such volunteering magnanimous (e-mail) buddy can draw a line in 
the sand and say this is as far as I can go, for free / have time for.

To your point, whomever Paul is trying to help out can join the list. 
(But I accept that Paul has good reason for his particular approach in 
a given instance.)

But I don't think your intimation of Paul is reasonable here.

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