Warm welcomming of newcomers
I just want to give this feedback to the forum administrators in an open forum for all to see. This forum deserve all praise for its way of warm and friendly welcoming newcomers to the forum and/or linux! I have never seen anything like it! It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over... :rolleyes: ok, ok, a tad bit of irony.
I am a frequent user of many forum and have tinkered with Linux on and off. I finally decided to do more than just tinker and where to go if not a large and well populated linux forum to find some help?
I have in all my time never seen the likes of what I was met by. But from what I can tell I am not the first one.
I am referring to my post here.
As you see the reply is simply Please take a look at the link in my signature. It will get you started and help you decide what is the best fit for you..
I felt like walking into a brick wall... or one of those stores where you see the owner looking at you and going "oh man, now I actually have to do some work".
Sure, the links are good for a complete newbie, but honestly, we all know distrowatch is not the most well organized site for a newbie to make sense of.
The linked post doesn't really add to the feeling of being welcomed either:
This repitition grows annoying with the length of your forum membership. - e.g. You are annoying and I blame you for all the others before you. (Second bash at my confidence and I have only been at the forum for a few hours).
do the following (in order) and you won't have to post to ask: - Your are bugging me, stop posting questions, it's not like it's a forum or anything..? oh right, strike three.
This topic has been covered MANY times. - See, many times, so you must be stupid for asking again. (strike four) And by the way, all those posts have the same answer: It has been covered many times! ;)
And finally...welcome to Linux and LinuxForums.org! - I feel really welcome by now.
Now, on to the ice cream comparison. It simply makes no sense at all. I'm not just asking for the best ice cream, I'm telling you my preference in flavor (as example salty, nothing fruity, perhaps a bit minty). And from that I'm sure any ice cream salesperson could suggest a few flavors I could try that might fit.
And while we are at it, why not compare it to going in to a car dealer. What dealer would send you packing into the street with the latest issue of "auto-life" saying - Go read, come back when you know which car you want!
Or someone asking for a nice seafood restaurant. Why not tell them a few good ones you know of AND give them the local restaurant directory instead of simply sending them packing with the directory and saying "come back when you need directions to a specific restaurant".
I'm sorry if I have offended anyone. It is not my intent to do so, I simply want to point out that the language of your "greeting message" might be a bit harsh, and that you might want to reconsider the "we give no suggestions" approach.
It's obvious that you can't pinpoint an exact distro. And I agree with you if it was just a simple "give me linux" question. But since I clearly state what pre-requisites I have I think you (knowing linux well I assume) should be able to point me in the right direction by suggesting a couple of distributions that might fit my need? Or ask me for more details and then give some suggestions. Forums are after all used for discussions, not just link suggestions. And I'm not asking for an answer, only suggestions.
The links are useful, but I've already been there, and what better place to go for more information than to the people who actually know linux?
On a side note, I also asked about different solutions for firewall, webserver, ftp etc. that still need suggestions. (as well as the distro question). Anyone with suggestions can find a new thread for those questions at http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ser...tml#post458293
For reference other locked threads (and there are MANY more: