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RE (tilly) 1: Eulogy for the chatterbox

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Aug 25, 2000 at 22:43 UTC ( #29690=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Eulogy for the chatterbox

I would sum it up differently. I would quote from perlipc and say: strict in what you provide...but be lenient in what you require...
(OK, they were talking about line terminators. But...)

I also firmly believe that the sooner people can put things behind them, the better.

(BTW I know the charm of allowing /msh to live, but the occasional disaster also happens. Can we kill it again?)

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RE: RE (tilly) 1: Eulogy for the chatterbox
by Ozymandias (Hermit) on Aug 25, 2000 at 22:50 UTC
    Better to be lenient in what you provide, and strict in what you permit.

    Or, another way, don't let a few bad apples spoil the harvest.

    As for letting /msh continue; if it's that important, where you just couldn't bear to see it public, then use email. Or IRC. Or the telephone. Or write a (gasp) hard-copy letter and mail it. Why kill the fun of the occaisional amusing accident (and I've had my share) to save you the convenience of hitting the HOME key and looking before you hit "Talk"?

    - email Ozymandias
      You miss the point.

      The point is not to spew random garbage out, but not to take every piece of junk and escalate it into a flame-war. (OTOH do give feedback. In private.)

      As for /msh, well I do provide an email address when I think it is appropriate. Unfortunately should the other person be unwilling to take me up on that, and wants to continue in /tell - well that happened today.

        Oh, never mind. You aren't going to pay attention anyway. It's really quite simple, though. Allow just about anything that doesn't damage the site. Then simply use the community to regulate what is said and what is not. That's getting harder, lately; perhaps we need "cops" to help control some of the out-of-hand discussion. Better that than to limit everyone because of a few people.

        - email Ozymandias

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