[oclug] How does that saying go?
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Thu Jun 17 08:46:27 EDT 2004
On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 02:23:22 -0400 (EDT)
Robert Brockway <robert at timetraveller.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Jun 2004, Michael Bazdell wrote:
> > Why do people have the urge to argue on this list so often with one
> It's not just this list. It's just about every list, and Usenet. I've
> known many people who are really nice in real life but argumentative
> online. I think there are various reasons for this - increased boldness
> from behind the monitor, or a lack of social skills in the medium, or
> one of a number of other reasons.
Or perhaps a comfort level with the medium? Personally, I treat all
mediums the same. I am the same with people on the phone, with people in
person, with people in email. I hope everyone else is the same. I do not
change my methods of discussion, simply (as you imply below) because it is
recorded for future masses. This would be hypocritical.
> I say sit back, relax and accept that other people have different
> opinions. You know what, they might actually be right too :)
Quite true.. except that you should not sit back. You should become
involved in the discussion. You should have your ideas heard.
> Here are a couple of things I find sobering about mailing lists and
> potential arguments:
> 1) You really do not know who is watching. Possible future employers or
> clients perhaps.
> 2) Thanks to the wonderful world of archiving anything you say here will
> be around in the time of your great great grand children. I wonder what
> they will think of us. Some people said this didn't matter to them last
> time I mentioned it on a list (this one I think). That is ok - see my
> earlier comments on accepting the opinions of others.
> > another? Who really cares what one person says to the other. It's the
> Apparently a lot of people do, but I think they should not.
> > Really. Who cares? I maybe one of the youngest on the list, but
> > sometimes, there are people who act three times younger than I am.
> > Let's grow up, stop bickering at each other, and ejoy the list.
> You're sounding pretty mature to me.
> Thanks for improving the signal-to-noise ratio :)
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