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Re: fascism

--On Monday, September 20, 2004 9:25 PM -0400 Christopher Hicks <chicks@chicks.net> wrote:

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004, Kurt D. Zeilenga wrote:
As some seem not to listen to my repeated calls for this
topic to be taken elsewhere, the topic has been marked
as taboo in the mailing list manager.  Further posts
in this area will be screened by list administrator
and only forwarded to the list if deemed on-topic.

This is a truly overbearing attitude for somebody to take who repeatedly ignored my request to setup a group where this sort of thing would be on topic. This is truly the sort of attitude which deters people from using free software. For this sort of thing to be going on on the one place people can come to talk about using open source ldap implementations makes this sort of nastiness even more inappropriate.

I would like to point out that there people who emailed me off list to
thank me for standing up for the list members.  I'm sorry that the powers
that be have chosen to screen communication that doesn't fit their world
view.  Where I come from that's called fascism.  People have fought wars
over it, but knowing that would indicate an ability to LEARN from history.


I guess I would suppose you are not familiar with the world of computers and software.

For example, if I send in a core to Sun, and say: "Solaris is core dumping on me, please if it." and Sun analyzes the core, and they say "Oh, the problem is the IP Filter package you installed that doesn't come with our operating system", they aren't going to help me (at least with Solaris 8, where it is not a standard package). What they tell me is: Please go contact the responsible party.

So, that is what I do. This isn't some made up scenario, it is one that has happened to me. And Stanford *pays* Sun money for support.

You aren't paying anything for OpenLDAP. You aren't paying anything for its related software pieces. If you want support at a paid level, I suggest you hire a company that provides support for OpenSource products like Symas Corporation.

The problem you are having has everything to do with Microsoft & MS Outlook. You were pointed at the correct resource for your problem several times, and yet you insisted on repeatedly posting to the list, and then heaping "verbal" abuse on the list maintainer.

That is neither professional or called for.


Quanah Gibson-Mount
Principal Software Developer
ITSS/Shared Services
Stanford University
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