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How to use 'cp' as a simple but reliable backup tool
Authored by: robg on Feb 19, '10 04:40:21AM

I welcome complaints, but really, they have no value as part of the thread of comments on the hint itself: they just confuse users who are looking for discussion on the hint and various alternatives.

For feedback, please feel free to email me directly (there's a link on every page), or even better, start a public discussion on it on the forum site, Feel free to submit "Why sucks" or whatever you want to call it, and describe why you think it sucks, and what you would do to make it better, and ask others for their thoughts.

*That* would be useful. Posting an off-topic rant about why a given hint sucks won't do a thing to change anything in the long run. First, there's no way I can follow every thread in every hint to see the general opinion, and second, it spreads that opinion out over a large base, so it's hard to tell whether complaints about the hints are an exception or a trend.

I long ago gave up trying to make everyone happy; life's too short for that. I know that any given hint will help some people, not help others, and genuinely piss off some other group of people.

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How to use 'cp' as a simple but reliable backup tool
Authored by: mael on Feb 21, '10 02:08:05PM

Okay. I see your point. Sorry to have voiced my opinion in the wrong place.
I'll now unsubscribe this thread as I assume everything has been said and insults like "arrogance" or whatever else imbecile members try to phrase won't help this at all.

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