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Imagine someone got beaten by Roger Federer 6-0 6-0 6-0. Instead of saying "Well played Roger" or "You've got a great backhand" or "You were just too good for me today", the loser opened with "I started out at a distinct disadvantage from the start because you have a better quality tennis racquet" followed by "those two bad line calls I received in the third game left a very bad taste in my mouth" and finished with "I wish I hadn't bothered with this contest at all".

To me, this long thread is mostly about simple human manners, respect and sportsmanship. You got beat 6-0 6-0 6-0 by Ton yet have shown him no respect, instead focusing on the bad taste in your mouth and the distinct disadvantages that you suffered. Ton has a rare gift evident from studying the post mortem: his opening 129 was made "before starting to think", he uncovered the surreal construct $$$_=$_ days before anyone else, and he found the *_=eval trick (which noone else found) in, wait for it, one minute and twenty seconds! You would go up in my estimation if you stopped focusing on your own feelings for a moment and instead congratulated Ton on a well-played game and for inventing the magic formula in the first place.


In reply to Re^13: Perl Golf Ethics by eyepopslikeamosquito
in thread Perl Golf Ethics by Anonymous Monk

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