Off-topic message confusion

From: Computer Collector Newsletter <>
Date: Tue Dec 21 23:27:10 2004

As I understand it, just because cctalk isn't the 100% tech list doesn't make
it okay for everything and anything to be off-topic. CCtalk just means that
the discussion of classic computers needs not be completely technical -- i.e.,
this is where we have discussions about non-technical parts of computer
history, such as people, trends, companies, whatever. So it's still ON the
topic of classic computing -- again, just not AS technical-only as the cctech

So there's a big difference between being "not ENTIRELY technical" vs. being
"completely off-topic" -- cctalk is supposed to be the former, not the latter.

I intend this comment to no one in particular, since I and everyone else has
had an off-topic comment at some point, but, isn't the above paragraph obvious?

I think the only real problem with cctalk is when the comments get too personal
-- i.e., two people disagree about some classic computing topic, then a third
person says "yeah well person #1 wears ugly baseball hats", and then there are
48 absurd comments where everyone feels obligated to give their opinion about
baseball hats, from which there are 10 other discussions about sports, 5 about
hats, and meanwhile the poor folks who just wanted to have a nice discussion
about whatever didn't get to do so.

History shows us that eventually, after a week or so, these off-shoot topics do
go away. We do all seem to police ourselves, though not as speedily as we
should. A modest proposal: maybe there SHOULD be a serious group of

--- Ronald Wayne <> wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 00:03:43 -0500, Ronald Wayne <> wrote:
> > I should discourage the latter. There are far too many people in the
> > world asking questions simply because they feel intimidated by the
> > consquences. Furthermore, a well placed question has the opportunity
> Sorry, but that should read 'far too few people'

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