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Re: #NetBSD on FreeNode


   D> I referred him to #NetBSD (FreeNode). He related to me
    > that he "had some terrible experiences on #NetBSD".
    > The first time someone "talked with him in a sarcastic
    > tone", and the second he had to wait two hours for a
    > reply.

    Such is the nature of IRC, sadly: tone is notoriously
difficult to gauge in an IRC channel, especially when
people are typing quickly.  Response time will depend on the
time of day and perhaps on the question that they ask.

    I tend to refer professional contacts to the mailing
lists because although #netbsd is by far one of the
friendliest channels I've found on Freenode, regrettably
there are occasions when discussion wanders into nsfw
territory.  I have commented in the past that this could
reflect negatively on the NetBSD community but ultimately
it's up to individual participants to moderate themselves.
In extreme cases the channel ops can kick or ban someone
but that should rarely be necessary.

- Andy Ball

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