[Dovecot] Question regarding Postfix and Dovecot

Professa Dementia professa at dementianati.com
Mon Mar 18 03:08:00 EET 2013

On 3/17/2013 3:10 PM, David Benfell wrote:

> I don't know if the "[original poster] is fully familiar with the open
> source model" or not, but I would save the rest of this response as a
> gem. The formulaic response, which I have seen again and again in the
> over ten years I've been working with open source software, really
> assumes that all users are programmers--or should be programmers--and
> are responsible for submitting fixes when something is wrong.
> Because what it really says is, if you don't like it, fix it yourself.
> Too many times, I've heard this referred to as "freedom." And like
> some other notions of freedom advanced in our society, it is only
> freedom for a limited class of people.

Imagine this:

You live near a mechanic.  He has an extra car that he got from the junk 
yard and fixed up.  It works fairly well and you need a car so he 
generously gives it to you for free.  After a time, something breaks. 
What do you do?

If you are mechanically inclined you can fix it yourself - that is, if 
you are part of that limited class of people known as mechanics.

If not, you can go back to the original mechanic or maybe a completely 
different mechanic.  However, if you scream at him, call him names, tell 
him the car is total garbage that was never fixed right in the first 
place, then demand he fix it, how do you think he would respond?

It is much better to ask politely.

Everything you say above is perfectly valid.  However, I have been part 
of quite a few open source projects and this list has much more than its 
share of trolls and flame wars.  Why is that?  A little civility goes a 
long way, especially if you are not part of the "limited class of 
people" and are asking for their help with something that you were given 
for free to begin with.


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