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Re^4: To help not to misguide

by Perl Mouse (Chaplain)
on Jan 03, 2006 at 23:11 UTC ( #520763=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: To help not to misguide
in thread To help not to misguide

and perhaps you don't care about the few people who are hurt or offended by your occasionally abrupt corrections.
Perhaps that people who will be hurt if they are corrected (I had a nephew who was hurt when he was corrected, but he grew over it by the age of three) should think twice before posting, and only post when they are sure. That would be a win-win situation - the OP of this thread gets what he wants (fewer incorrect answers), and the people who are hurt easily will be hurt less (because they post less postings that need correcting). The person correcting can spend his time answering questions directly instead of correcting someone elses answers. And the average quality of the answers to someones questions rises (less incorrect answers). Everybody wins.

These can substantially improve the way you are perceived.
I don't care how I am perceived.
Perl --((8:>*

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Re^5: To help not to misguide
by ptum (Priest) on Jan 04, 2006 at 03:09 UTC

    You are right -- posting, or participating in any online community requires a certain amount of thick skin. I know that it has really helped me to keep a good sense of humor about the things people say, and I try not to take myself so seriously that I can't accept correction. For example, I'm choosing not to take offense about being compared unfavorably with your three-year-old nephew. :) But that doesn't mean that I (and by possible extension, you) shouldn't at least try to be as gracious and kind as possible, especially when correcting people.

    It is ironic to observe that I violated my own recommendation to you -- I speculated about your motivations; voila, you picked up on that particular part of my post and seem inclined to reject it.

    I'll stick to my own motivations. I like PerlMonks, and I think you and a bunch of the other monks have a lot to offer. I'd rather not waste time in flame wars, but instead I would like to promote a general sense of goodwill and 'brotherly love' -- hence my attempt to persuade you to take a little more time in wording your posts to be kind. I think you make some very cogent arguments and I will certainly try to keep a thick skin and to be more judicious about posting responses.

    I care about how you are perceived. :)

Re^5: To help not to misguide
by bart (Canon) on Jan 04, 2006 at 12:23 UTC
    I don't care how I am perceived.
    Hmm, in my experience, sooner or later you will. And you're bound to leave this site behind in a flaming rage, maybe even already in a few weeks time. I've seen it happen a few times, and I think for every one of them, it's a shame.

    I'm just hoping my post can somewhat enourage you to stick around. We do need to have clever, critical minds around, even if their presence is somewhat controversial.

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Re^5: To help not to misguide
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 04, 2006 at 00:12 UTC
    I don't care how I am perceived.
    Yeah, that's obvioius. But Perlmonks and other forums are nicer when the rest of us humans don't have to deal with socially retarded users.

    Considered: Errto: Reap - gratuitously insulting troll

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