[oclug][OT] List Police
raywood at magma.ca
Thu Jan 23 22:32:13 EST 2003
On Thu, Jan 23, 2003 at 09:34:28PM -0500, Shad Young imagined:
> On Thu, 2003-01-23 at 21:12, Milan Budimirovic wrote:
> > Well, Shad, you're the one who is always saying that the Linux community
> > should embrace the rest of the world. But guess what? There's an awful
> > lot of people out there who equate all Linux advocates with
> > the Slashdot crowd. It's a real problem, whether you want to
> > see it or not. At a certain point you have to put your foot
> > down and tell people to grow up, because these juvenile
> > posts reflect badly on the entire list, and the entire
> > community.
> Granted, which is why I am as careful as I can be to check
> spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar when I post.
> I even appreciated (was it Charles?) the post about the
> semantic difference between "raises the question" and "begs
> the question". (I meant beg BTW, in my mind there were still
> some grey areas. ;) )
> The point being it is not appropriate under your above defined
> criteria to flame and insult a poster for his style. If Bill
> or Brad had concerns then the right thing to do was mail
> Gabriel off-line and let him know their feelings, not ridicule
When an individual ignores strong preferences of members of a
community s/he has recently joined, then sometimes people get
If I knew my behaviour was annoying some individuals to the
point where they were posting repeatedly, and flaming, in an
effort to get my attention -- well, I might just consider
looking for a solution, or at least a compromise.
In my view, the only thing harder to read than such 'poorly
delimited text' is ALL UPPER CASE TEXT, which is universally
recognized as Bad Netiqette.
"You deserve to be able to cooperate openly and freely with other
people who use software. You deserve free software."
-Richard M. Stallman, Free Software Foundation, http://www.fsf.org
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