Re: META: Extro IT Techies list?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Jan 21 2001 - 03:51:16 MST

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> "Emlyn" <> wrote,
> >There are a lot of good coders / IT people on this list. The best evidence
> >is when someone asks a computer related question; the barrage of responses
> >is quite overwhelming.
> >
> >I bet it's boring as batshit for those who don't earn a crust this way,
> >however.
> This is the same as the gun debate. I could argue that these
> (computers or guns) are extropian tools. But that doesn't make it
> general interest to most people. I'm not sure where to draw the
> line, but most people aren't interested in the technical basics.
> They want future planning or gee-whiz new ideas. Details of current
> technology only interests those who utilize said technology.

I want both. And I believe both belong here. Both the dream and the
technical realities that will give the dream life. I think it is a
mistake to separate the two too far in oneself or in a group of people
like this.

> The same would be true of discussions about trucking, programming,
> speaking Esperanto, being vegetarian, making your own clothing,
> self-psychology, sports, chess, video-games, etc.
Except most of thos things have zero to do with creating the truly
outstanding and unlimited future that we are here about.

A middle ground would be to keep one list and prefix special interest
messages. That is quite easily to sort in most mail readers if one
really doesn't care for some types of message.

- s.

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