Subject: Re: rename list?
To: Diana Eichert <>
From: Don Yuniskis <>
List: tech-install
Date: 12/31/2001 13:03:44
>On 31 Dec 2001, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> Frederick Bruckman <> writes:
>> > On 31 Dec 2001, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> >
>> > > I'd like to propose we rename tech-install "tech-sysinst" (for system
>> > > install) so that people won't send their installation problem
>> > > questions here. If that name offends, there must be a lot of others
>> > > that are possible.
>> Well, "netbsd-users" doesn't have a name that particularly discourages
>> that. In fact, I'm not entirely sure what "netbsd-users" is for per
>> se, so I'm not really sure that help requests are actually off charter
>> there. I do know, however, that tech-install is for discussing
>> improvements to our installation technology and not to help people
>> with install problems.
>I doubt renaming it to "tech-sysinst" (for system install) is going to
>help out.  People will still think, "I'm installing NetBSD on a system,
>having problems, therefore I should post to \"tech-sysinst\" for
>I can see it already.

Call it "Bob" -- or something equally meaningless.  :-/
Realistically, the folks who subscribe to the list for
The Right Reason will know what it is and *why* it is.
If the obfuscation discourages *one* casual user from
spouting off "How do I..." questions, then it will have
served it's purpose.  :>

Though, this discussion *does* bring up a valid point;
should there be a forum for newbie "help me install this"
questions or should they fend for themselves?  I would
argue that -users is probably the most appropriate
place since YAML will just get folks crossposting to
-users, -bob (!!  :>) *and* -newbie ...