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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
jhorner@knoxlug.org http://www.knoxlug.org/

In reply to RE: In defense of civility by jjhorner
in thread In defense of civility by Russ

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