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Re: Posting "Other Users" on potential personality voters from now on

by voyager (Friar)
on Apr 10, 2001 at 06:35 UTC ( #71236=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Posting "Other Users" on potential personality voters from now on

Merlyn Your XP is in five figures and you're a saint. Let it go. As was pointed out, you're only providing the desired reaction, assuming the effort is even organized.

I will come forward now and say there are times I wanted to -- you because I thought your tone was awfully harsh. One of the great things about this place is that complete newbies can get help. That is great for Perl. And an unpleasant first encounter might chase people away.

But I was afraid to downgrade you because I didn't know the voting system would keep me anonymous, and because I was in awe of the fact that you were here contributing.

I suspect that if people gave reasons for the --, it would be for the tone.

When I get help, I'm grateful for the help and don't care too much about the manner in which it's delivered. Not everyone is that way.

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Re: Re: Posting "Other Users" on potential personality voters from now on
by davorg (Chancellor) on Apr 10, 2001 at 12:23 UTC
    I suspect that if people gave reasons for the --, it would be for the tone.

    If it was on certain other of merlyn's nodes then I might agree with you. But the node in question here contains only accurate, factual information.

    --
    <http://www.dave.org.uk>

    "Perl makes the fun jobs fun
    and the boring jobs bearable" - me

      i hesitate to get involved in this kind of thing, but i want to point out that the post in question does not just contain "accurate, factual data" -- it contains an imperitive ("be sure to...") which makes it seem as if it is everyone who buys the camel's responsibility to tell ora about problems in their books. while i personally agree that one should report errata, i do not in any way feel that one must do so; and commands of any form often seem harsh over electronic media, since tone of voice is absent. it would perhaps be more acceptable to some people to word it as "ORA actually appreciates reports of typos, so that they can be fixed in later revisions; they can be reported to..."

      on the one hand, i agree that voting based on personality, rather than content, is poor form. on the other, i am reluctant to say that perceived tone is not at all content or the poster's responsibility.

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