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Date:      Sat, 4 Sep 1999 12:07:31 -0400
From:      "David" <dstein@mediaone.net>
To:        "Will Andrews" <andrews@TECHNOLOGIST.COM>
Cc:        <freebsd-doc@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Suggestion - List IRC resources
Message-ID:  <000001bef6ef$97e163e0$8f3b8118@snoopy>
In-Reply-To: <XFMail.990903145148.andrews@TECHNOLOGIST.COM>

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I hope you'll reconsider.  Certainly many books that list Internet
references also mention IRC.  Personally, I can't count how many times I've
gone to IRC for some question or another.  Its quick, easy, and you don't
have to subscribe to an email list.  (That's not to say email lists are bad,
just to say that everything has pros/cons.)

> IRC channels are spontaneous and not really within Walnut Creek's
> control, so
> it may not be such a good idea to include all such resources in
> "The Complete
> FreeBSD".

I agree complete that they can be spontaneous and not within Walnut Creek's
control.  But again my experience has been that they can be invaluable
resources and many successful IRC channels remain as fairly stable meeting
places.  I don't think it would hurt anything to say something like:

	You may also want to check out IRC channels on
	EFNET, DALNET, or UNDERNET such as #FreeBSD,
	#FreeBSDHelp, #FreeBSDAdmin, or other channels that
	contain the word "FreeBSD".  Be fair warned, however,
	that the quality of responses you get may vary.

I'd like to say I'm not personally involved with any of these IRC channels.
I'm a "newbie" to FreeBSD.  I just thought it would help to get more people
into some of the IRC channels to make it a better resource for all of us.




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