View Full Version : It's not "everone's right to know" on these forums:

September 11th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Thats the PM i got from one of this forums admin's after answering a direct question.

I thought that Linux was open sourced and free. But obviously I was wrong.


September 11th, 2008, 03:27 PM
PM's are just that.
If you have a query, then a guess the forum rsolution area is the best place for that.

September 11th, 2008, 03:28 PM
what was the question and what was your response? :confused:

September 11th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Their "right to know" what exactly????

September 11th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Does it really matter. ?

It was a direct question and i answered it.

September 11th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Posting here isn't going to help.

September 11th, 2008, 03:34 PM
maybe your answer to that question violated the CoC

September 11th, 2008, 03:34 PM
If you actually want to get people's opinion of this you are going to have to get us some more information.

Answering a direct question - How? Posting, PM, shouting at them????

What was the question?

What was the answer?

Canis familiaris
September 11th, 2008, 03:34 PM
I have a feeling this will be moved to the Resolution Center.

September 11th, 2008, 03:35 PM
Yes my answer violated the rules, and for that i'm sorry.
My mistake, but its the "thread topic" that is bugging me.


Canis familiaris
September 11th, 2008, 03:37 PM
Could you be more clear?

September 11th, 2008, 03:37 PM
Its not the question, i know that i violated the policy.

Its not that i wanted to discuss, it was the "its not everyones right to know" phrase.

September 11th, 2008, 03:38 PM
Moved to the Resolution Center. Poll Closed

September 11th, 2008, 11:33 PM
I'm the mod in question (not an admin, by the way). The PM was in response to a post by the OP saying it was everyone's right to know how to log in as root graphically, and I sent a PM with a warning (no infraction) saying that it's not "everyone's right to know" on these forums, and I gave a link to our policy about log-in-as-root tutorials, which explains quite thoroughly why we do not support graphical root login tutorials on these forums.

I just posted to explain the context. Admins can step in from here.

September 14th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I don't know the full story here, but my two cents on the issue:

I do believe that everyone is entitled to do what they wish to their Linux systems, including things that could compromise its security or stability. However, when instructing others to perform such tasks, a good mentor has the responsibility to communicate possible risks and downsides of doing so.

In the case of graphical root login, I'd have no program with a procedure of how to do it provided that the risks associated with doing so are adequately explored in a prominent way (i.e. a bolded warning message). If that is not the case, then the staff can pull offline these guides. A lot of users trust these forums as a place to receive safe and timely solutions to their Linux problems and it'd be a disservice to those users for us to allow hosting deceivingly risky articles.