Quoting Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald(_at_)alvestrand(_dot_)no>:
I learned long ago some rules for reasonable behaviour on mailing lists.
So why arn't you following ant of them?
1 - Argue rationally. Use arguments related to what's being
discussed. Support those arguments with facts. When the facts don't
support your argument, shut up. RFC 3184.
Your "facts" are my fiction. I would assume that RFC's are "Requests for
*comment*", so commenting by their request should be perfectly open - so long
as someone has a logical argument, isn't talking circles or being a
smoker, etc. If you're to treat everything written anywhere as a holy grail,
then you're not going to advance anything much.
2 - When you think that other people behave unreasonably, ignore
their unreasonable behaviour unless your role requires you to respond
to it ("don't feed the troll"). Alternatively, complain off-list. RFC
Why complain? If they are really as bad as you think, it should be evident to
everyone else. I do believe most people here are adults, and throwing
out of the cot as soon as you perceive something as a personal attack
doesn't mirror the attitude that should be conveyed on these lists.
3 - When other people respond angrily to the unreasonable behaviour,
you may sometimes advise them that following rule 2 may be a better
No, you can pass them off as a crack smoker and go about the discussion in a
I've chosen to apply my strongest version of rule 2 to mr. Anderson -
I won't see his messages unless I look for them. The reason being
that I do not wish to expend my resources in cooling down to the
point where I'd only make reasonable responses.
So do that and keep quiet about it and go about your way? Are you one of those
people that feels that the internet is his home and every email demands to be
read and replied to?
I have shared the information on what I'm doing.
No, you're making a noisy troll in a place it does not belong. This is
to sound like a local D&D web forum. Would the IETF like to install phpBB for
these kind of discussions?
Colin Alston <karnaugh(_at_)karnaugh(_dot_)za(_dot_)net>
'CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are,
not as they
ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a
to improve his vision. ' D
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