Re: Buzzwords (was)Judging Beauty (was: wee-little

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 18:10:31 MDT

On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 08:45:04AM -0700, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> >
> > Perhaps there are other people who think I am stupid, sentimental or sloppy
> > in my thinking, but you are the only one who consistently says it. If you
> > cannot disagree with my ideas without calling them stupid, please do not read
> > my posts or respond to them.
> That phenomenon is interesting, and seems to be an effect of an
> interesting interaction: (1) I read all posts made, in order, with
> no heed to poster or thread; (2) When I see any opinion or idea
> expressed that I have strong opinions about, I respond with my own,
> quoting only the words being responded to;

I've been applying a very similar approach to the Working Within the
System thread. Which was getting a little heated between myself and
Michael at first. My policy was simply to correct any erroneous
information I noticed where I had direct knowledge otherwise.

This has helped, in my opinion, to maintain objectivity on a subject
that frequently leads down to flame.

> Politeness is a disease I have no use for.

Whilst I well understand and appreciate your recognition of the
pointlessness of politeness, you have to bear in mind that not everyone
adheres to this and many will take personal offence easily. Once there's
opinions flying around and things becoming personal, it becomes very
difficult to have a useful discussion.

So I maintain politeness for (backwards?) compatibility. And of course,
because I'm English...

I'm not saying you should have to, but it's a useful trick that works
for me. For the record, you can be as impolite to me as you want too.


P.S. (Oh, and you worked at Microsoft? You suck! ;-)

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