YiJing::0x0c - Tong/ Ren/ (Listserv)
"So you're all interested in the same thing. See if you can all get along!"
Getting to know other people in the world. Fun. Sifting through large volume of discussions is good for diligent hackers.
彖曰：同人，柔得位得中，而應乎乾，曰同人。 同人曰，同人于野，亨。利涉大川，乾行也。 文明以健，中正而應，君子正也。唯君子為能通天下之志。
When the empathetic nature of human interaction is applied to hacking, mailing lists and forums are formed.
"Getting to know other people in the world" is a noble motivation to hacking; it is what keeps great projects going. A wise hacker should correspond with character and honesty -- it is the only way to communicate your ideas with people around the world.
Hackers discussing their works forms the Image of a Listserv. People with similiar minds are bound together to explore their common interests.
Common interest, no trouble.
... People on the list share your interests; nobody will cause you troubles.
Infighting among the same camp. Tough.
... Taking noncompromising positions on your kinfolks is the sure path to infighting.
Trolls everywhere with their holier-than-thou attitudes. The list is ruined for three years.
... The signal-to-noise ratio dropped significantly. Find some other place for people to calm down and talk again.
Stick to the point, don't flame others. Good fortune.
... Don't be provoked and stick to the point, so you can discuss constructively; otherwise, the thread will stuck and get nowhere.
Shouting and whining at first, now laughing together: Two camps are clashed against each other.
... Before you make friends with others, don't reject their honest criticisms. When two camps meet, strong opinions are unavoidable.
The enthusiasm is getting thin, but there are no regrets.
... Although you did not complete the work you set out to do, the members are still associated together.