Re: META: I'M OBNOXIOUS (was: Re: Guns: SHUT UP!!!)

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2000 - 06:22:25 MST

On Tue, Mar 14, 2000 at 08:01:50AM -0500, Dan Fabulich wrote:
> You know what? I haven't had to read one word of this debate. Not one
> solitary phrase.
> You know how? I didn't even use a killfile. I just read the subject
> lines, used my good sense, and skipped what I wasn't interested in.
> That's my normal mode of operation on this list, and it's served me well
> for years now.
Bollocks, Dan.

This gun flamefest broke out on a completely unrelated topic -- and the
participants were rude enough _not_ to change the subject. Thus completely
killing the topic previously under discussion, by making it impossible
to separate the gun postings from the relevent ones.

> As I've said before, it requires a fundamental belief in your own
> importance relative to others' to think that just because YOU'RE not
> interested in what somebody's talking about, they shouldn't be discussing
> it.

I dunno about you, but I consider my time to be important enough that
when other people thoughtlessly waste it I get annoyed with them. As
I said in my original explosion, if they want to take it off-list, or
onto a separate topic, I don't mind. What I _do_ mind is idiots who
can't change the subject line. It's sheer thoughtless rudeness, and
you should know better than to defend it.

-- Charlie

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