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You're trying to say that early adopters don't know the difference between an alpha/beta release and a production release? Don't buy that.

Then you're obviously not subscribed to diaspora-discuss or diaspora-dev.

Interesting. So people who have gone through the trouble of subscribing to the development mailing list don't know that this code is nowhere near production release? That's.... odd.

Yes and no. It got a lot of press outside of regular tech circles, and it's also attracting a lot of people who don't even know Ruby. Earlier today I fixed someone's bug report by showing them which half of "<<<" "===" ">>>" to remove from their Rakefile because of a bad merge. Many of the people who've subscribed to the list are incredibly inexperienced.

Heh, then maybe I'm not missing much. I subscribed, noticed it was filling my inbox (and thus making my phone beep), created a gmail filter for it, and promptly forgot I subscribed. 24 hours later, reading your comment makes me not want to really open up that label.

We all started somewhere and were inexperienced, but there was a time, before Google Groups, where the ability to signup to a mailing list was a small hurdle that helped weed out some of the mailing list distraction. September never ends.

And please, don't get me wrong. I love noobs. But nobody's reading the README. Nobody's reading previously filed bugs. Nobody's reading other threads on the ML. It's really, really bad.

I think part of it's that the README is SO long. They should really move the installation documentation into a different github page or something.

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