Volker Armin Hemmann posted on Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:31:27 +0200 as
> On Monday 27 June 2011 03:26:59 Lie Ryan wrote:
>> Anyone noticed that this list have a higher than normal tendency to
>> bully those who tried to unsubscribe and failed?
> bully? No, make fun of people failing to follow basic instructions?
> Maybe. But not more than gentoo-user...
1) Instructions are in the headers of every post. A simple view-headers
is all that's required.
2) Instructions are available at the same place they signed up, using a
very similar procedure. It's not rocket science. If they could find and
had the intelligence to subscribe (and even verify their subscription,
the list IS double-opt-in, after all), unless they just had a stroke or
some such, they should still be able to find and have the intelligence to
3) Simple reason says that if it's a gentoo list, going to the gentoo
site and looking for the mailing list info would be an appropriate way to
figure out how to unsubscribe. Even if they somehow lost all memory of
the subscription process, simple reason remains the same, and indeed, the
gentoo mailing list info can be found on the site exactly as one could
4) In this case, all they had to do was read the thread from a couple
days ago, on the same subject. Simple netiquette has always expected
that people follow a list or newsgroup for a bit before they ask what may
well be a FAQ, and the same arguably applies here. They can't even read
the existing thread from the last person who apparently had a stroke or
something after he subscribed, losing all memory of the process, as well
as the basic intelligence to reason where he might find unsubscribe
So what's up with these people, anyway? Do they simply not even /care/
if they do it right? They obviously have the ability to follow that
level of instructions or they'd not be subscribed in the first place, and
it's unlikely ALL of them are stroke victims! Are they deliberately
TRYING to look dumb? Maybe they just smoked too many mind altering drugs
and it's now /permanently/ altered?
So yeah, they do get a bit of fun poked at them. But along with that
fun, they usually get the unsubscribe help they're apparently too dumb to
find any of the /normal/ ways, or simply don't /care/ if they're
bothering people by not following the easily available instructions. And
if they don't care if they bother other subscribers, why should other
subscribers care about poking a little fun their way even as they point
them at the door? <shrug>
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