[arch-general] Forum registration requires INSANE captcha.

Don deJuan donjuansjiz at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 20:48:02 EST 2014

On 02/10/2014 05:16 PM, Jeremy Nicoll - ml archlinux wrote:
> WorMzy Tykashi <wormzy.tykashi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 11 February 2014 00:00, Jeremy Nicoll - ml archlinux
>> <jn.ml.alx.581 at wingsandbeaks.org.uk> wrote:
>>> I've been lurking on this maillist for maybe a year, after reading
>>> somewhere that Arch might be a good solution for me as a linux newbie.
>> I disagree with your source. If anything, Arch Linux is aimed at
>> experienced Linux users...
> I don't think that that is the impression that one gets from the Archlinux
> website, where it starts with:
>   "You've reached the website for Arch Linux, a lightweight and 
>    flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple."

Keep it Simple does not refer to "easy" or "newcomer" friendly.

> but I see that the last paragraph of the 'About' page ends by saying:
>   "designed to fit the needs of the competent Linux user."
> which seems to echo what you (and others) have said.
> I think what attracted me was probably the stated lack of GUI config
> utilities, with most stuff configured by editing text files - it's what I
> was used to in eg MVS.  And from what I've seen of the linuxen that attempt
> to look like Windows, there's too many GUI config utilities that only expose
> a small proportion of the options that a config file could contain.  I also
> greatly dislike GUI config utilities (in any OS) that destroy any comments
> or change histories which one might have placed in those text files. 
> Also, the 'rolling release' approach sits better with me than the
> potentially catastrophic approach where one is forced to upgrade the whole
> OS every so often. 
>> who at least know the basic ins-and-outs of a Linux-based operating
>> system
> I know very little about linux, but a great deal about MVS.  I've never
> expected to learn an new OS quickly but instead to learn and end up
> understanding how the successive layers of the OS work. 
>>> It seems to me that this captcha stops potential linux users, as opposed
>>> to those who do have a working system, from joining your forum.
>> Arch has no aims to be popular.
> Hmm.
What is confusing about that? The devs have no desire to be popular or
the coolest kid on the block or to be on every box in the world.

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