Enough already. Was Re: OT: netiquette (was: The Perfect SpamSnake
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Fri May 2 21:26:20 IST 2008
Arthur Sherman wrote:
Now, now, folks.
Enough of this, guys.
Virtually no-one behaves badly out of neglect or anything wilful. We all
had to start somewhere, and I bet even some of the old-timers (no insult
intended!) on this list have accidentally top-posted or hijacked a
thread earlier in their lives before they learned why it can be a
problem for a few people. I get an awful lot of mail, and I don't mind
people hijacking threads (I don't use threaded views in my mail client)
or occasionally top-posting (I do it myself often enough!).
This list usually runs itself, and very rarely is my intervention
needed, as I try to keep it to a minimum. You folks are normally pretty
well-behaved and in the past I have received comments saying what a
lovely polite list this is. I don't want that to change.
The poor guy who accidentally hijacked a thread at some point in this
conversation didn't do it wilfully, trying to make your life hard or
trying to ensure you didn't see his posting. He did it by mistake, and
we all make them. I have a feeling that English is not his first
language, so he may not have understood what was meant by any criticism
of his posting.
Also, if you don't know that threaded mail clients exist, or you don't
understand what is meant by this strange technical use of the term
"threading", then any explanation will go straight over his head. Think
about that before you criticise people; English ain't the only language
spoken here. I have advised people in the past that if they know more
Spanish than English, then they will get a better response by posting
their question in Spanish as there are quite a few Spanish speakers here
who can help them. No-one complains when a posting is made in Spanish.
So, please, lighten up a bit and try to remember that not only do people
make mistakes, but they might neither know why they have made a mistake
nor understand any criticism you make about them.
Can we please end this whole thread here and now. If you want to comment
on this posting, send your comments to me off-list. I don't want to see
this Subject: line again. I want to see this list go back to the
helpful, constructive, polite and well-behaved place it normally is. I
don't want to see any of this "net-cop" behaviour in future.
Have a nice weekend, get out and enjoy the Spring weather.
Julian Field MEng CITP CEng
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