META: Impressions

Peter Passaro (
Sat, 22 May 1999 01:30:14 -0400

Hi All,

Everybody else is putting their $0.02 in, so here goes mine. The level of discussion has been both extraordinarily good and terribly monotonous in different threads.

The level of interesting technical posts and threads has definitely picked up recently. Thank you all for making my dendrites grow!!

A while ago I thanked Mike Lorrey for running "moron patrol" on the list in a private email. Mike was quick to point out that newbies might just need additional guidance and that I was being intolerant. He was right on. Although certain recent posts have added very little to intelligent discussion, I would hope we can still salvage their ability to add to our cause (even though the process may be painful). If they won't take gentle guidance though, the best course of action is just noncommunication (it is impossible to debate rationally with a static mind). More effective though would be to show the poster the error of his/her ways without antagonizing them.

I can't agree more with what David Lubkin says:
>See also Heinlein's emphasis on and rationale for manners.

Some thoughts from the master:

"Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together."

For David Musick:
"Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil."

For Mike Lorrey:
"The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: "Of course it is none my business but ..." is to place a period after the word "but". Don't use excessive force in supplying such moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about."

(quotes from Time Enough For Love - R. A. Heinlein)

Peter Passaro