"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana
25 years or so ago, regulars from the Usenet group comp.unix
were getting fed up from reading the same questions over and over again, from people who could not be bothered to read the FAQ, or any basic form of documentation.
So they said, let's create comp.unix.wizards, where the wizards can hang out, and we let the rookies and they journeyman answer the questions from the beginners.
But if you have a question, what would you prefer? A bunch of answers from people who were absolute beginners a fortnight ago themselves, or would you prefer an answer from a guru? The trick of splitting the world into a wizards continent and a non-yet-wizard continent backfired: although they can't read FAQs or any kind of documentation, the novices had no problem locating the wizards, and started asking the basic questions over and over again in comp.unix.wizard. (And, to piss off the wizards even more, many posts were cross-posted to both comp.unix and comp.unix.wizard)
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