[conspire] Update for BALE

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Jan 13 16:41:45 PST 2020

Quoting Texx (texxgadget at gmail.com):

> What we used to get out of lugs, is now in online forums (including
> this one).  The amount of in person benefit, not so much.

Online information has indeed vastly improved, though if anything the
problem of filtering out bad and functionally useless information and
outright noise has gotten radically worse.  The latter problem has been
exascerbated by a flood of lazy and credulous people -- some so lazy
they cannot bother using the shift key on 'LUGs'.

> Keep in mind, that I do not consider Cabal to be a LUG as it never claimed
> to be a LUG.

The descriptions of CABAL on http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/ and 
http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/installfest/ sound like a functional
description of a Linux user group to me.

> The LUGs, on the other hand, I hold to their stated mission.

D00d, you make them sound like public utilities.

LUGs were always mutual-assistance, information-sharing, and social
all-volunteer groups.  The traditional answer to someone who complained
about their inadequacy was some polite variant on an invitation to help
make them better.

A reasonable summary of what happened to LUGs might be:  Almost all the
people willing to help make them better found other pursuits, leaving
only the indifferent and the complainers.

> Im railing against LUGs claiming to be a LUG and not walking the talk.
> Im annoyed by the false advertising.

I'm annoyed by people who cannot be bothered to type a simple

Also:  All that time I spent answering your lazy-ass sneer about
/usr/bin/vi?  I'd like that time back.

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