|We don't bite newbies here... much|
Internet conventions like Netiquette, which BrowserUK is loathe to accept. It feels like he's off in his own little world, with his own set of rules and expects everyone to know and follow them,
Balderdash. I've not laid down rules for anyone. I never have and never will.
When and if this site agrees a site policy on language and language forms acceptable; and if I see them being widely adhered to and applied; I'll fall in line just as I have with many other unwritten, but frequently expressed rules. Eg.
No deleting node contents.
No major updated without attribution.
Besides, if you knew anything about the history of netiquette, you'd know that it means entire posts written in upper-case, usually without punctuation.
NOT the occasional few words upper-cased for emphasis. If you are going to try and impose ridiculous conventions upon others, you might at least make sure you understand their derivation.
I've been on the net a long time, pretty much since the beginning, and I've watched these memes develop. And I know that one, like many others, is mostly just a newbie-baiting tactic. Many non-typists when they first get on-line find using the shift-keys difficult and time consuming. SO THEY OPT FOR LEAVING CAPS ON.
And it is just such great sport for the "incumbent netizens", many of whom made exactly the same mistake and suffered the slings and arrows it brought, to bait the newbie. Just like the PERL thing, it is an affectation that serves only one purpose, to make those in-the-know, feel superior.
The only rules I apply, are that I do not resort to such tactics.
But, just as we didn't agree on that:Re: To Perl or not to PERL., I don't expect us to agree on this.
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In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.