[SASAG] Proprietary Formats on Public Mailing Lists -- Was: Re: System Admin Job opportunity
lamont at scriptkiddie.org
Fri Aug 31 14:22:22 PDT 2007
I just find religious arguments boring. Its probably been 15 years since
the first time I saw this argument and Microsoft Word is still around,
still a proprietary format and people are still posting word docs
publically. Arguing about it accomplishes nothing and just damages the
signal-to-noise ratio. Similarly, flaming people over top-posting or not
trimming quotes is another popular tilting-at-windmills issue. And if I
wanted to go really old school, the use of .sig lines with more than three
lines of text annoys a lot of people. Then there's the fact that posting
proprietary formats to public mailing lists really seems like a list
adminstrative and freedom of speech issue. If it was the government, like
the IRS, posting in proprietary formats where no free cross-platform
reader existed, then you'd have an excellent argument. Otherwise the free
marketplace of ideas and/or the list admin should dictate weither or not
posting proprietary formats is acceptable and not some self-important
And I say that as someone who hates word documents and wouldn't bother
opening a job description posting that was posted in doc format.
On Fri, 31 Aug 2007, Robin Battey wrote:
> The position in question is for a fairly hardcore Microsoft-run
> environment. While I don't particularly like word documents myself, I
> think it's entirely appropriate in this context. I'm a *nix admin, not a
> linux admin, so I just don't bother reading such postings.
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 01:27:46PM -0700, Mohsen Banan-vendors wrote:
>>>>>>> On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:18:48 -0700, "Scott McDermott" <scottm at octaldream.com> said:
>> Scott> I think it's fairly safe to say that this is stuff we all are aware of.
>> It is what people do that matters.
>> Not what they think they are aware of.
>> Scott> That said, the use of a .doc to post a position in a Windows environment is
>> Scott> hardly precedent sharing. Since this list is for all types of system
>> Scott> administrators, including those that use Word, I chose to forward it on.
>> Again, I encourage you to refrain from posting
>> attachments in proprietary formats to public
>> mailing lists.
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