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I have found a number of co-posters across the approximately two dozen newsgroups that I follow. I think that this is because: 1) most newsgroups that I follow have, at least somewhat, an intellectual bent even if the subjects are quite different. 2) I do not put up with garbage. I have several times subscribed to two dozen newsgroups on a subject and then ruthlessly weeded them down to the few that I found useful. Sometimes "few" equals zero.
Which does not work too well if they are around the world. With USENET, I even note the delay within North America. If I post a question in a newsgroup some afternoon, I do not expect many replies until the next day since I am on the West Coast.
"sometimes hindered"? Try "almost always".
This is exactly why I do not bother with chats.
I use this delay to my advantage. If I am having trouble in a technical area, it can get to the point where I want outside help. I write up my problem, and sometimes, in this process, find that I get another idea of what to try or even the answer.
The delay does have a downside, so I have learned to post before I run into the wall in order that the delay is not on a critical path.
Is it community or coincidence? There are some people who take the same bus I do in the morning. It is purely accidental. If the bus routes change significantly, they will not be on the bus.
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Alex But I don't have to do it myself, I can pay someone to do it for me. Now if my hobby was tinkering with my engine, I would ignore the quick...
Change in computers as a hobbiest... 2863
Then I have no choice but to strongly disagree with your disagreement. The difference lies not so much in the ability to tinker but in the motivation that drives the desire to tinker...
Computerese Irregular Verb Conjugation: I have preferences. You have biases. He-She has prejudices.