in reply to In defense of civility
Every coin has two sides. I believe that for our community
to work as expected, we should thicken our skins to criticism,
AND soften our hearts to those seeking knowledge.
As mdillon will tell you, I'm a big fan of pointing out
that joining a society involves some loss of personal freedom,
whether that freedom be in the manner/tone with which we express
ourselves, in our ability to walk where we want, in our ability
to do what we want, or in our ability to enjoy what we want.
The key to living in a society is in the way in which we
choose which of our freedoms to suppress. If a society requests
that you give up a freedom you hold dear, perhaps you shouldn't
be a member of that society. If Perl Monks asks that you give
up yelling, or cursing, and you hold those freedoms dear, perhaps
you should reevaluate your membership of this community.
At this point, all we ask is that you behave civilly
toward your fellow monks (or nuns, as the case may be). I
don't want to become the moral voice for this group (I'm
woefully underqualified), so let's all police ourselves.
J. J. Horner
Linux, Perl, Apache, Stronghold, Unix