Re: Generally, what do you think of generally?

Subject: Re: Generally, what do you think of generally?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: TechWr-L <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 13:49:15 +0200

When what's really appropriate is something like "Unless
you're a highly intelligent power user and your needs are
atypical and you want to expend the effort to customize
the product and you are willing to take responsibility for
unexpected consequences," sometimes it's sufficient simply
to address the typical case and ignore the atypical case
entirely; sometimes there's justification for thoroughly
explaining the exception; and sometimes, yeah, I find myself
weaselling: "Generally" or "As a rule" or "Typically".
I don't like it, because it opens the question "Well, what
are the exceptions?" and not always is the answer provided.
At the kind of company I'm accustomed to serving, I can't
even say "In most cases" because we don't even have a
critical mass of real-world cases yet. As Brecht wrote,
sometimes the exception deserves to be the rule and the
rule deserves to be the exception.

Mark L. Levinson - markl -at- gilian -dot- com - If it's urgent, phone.
Tel. 09-9560036 ext. 215 (work), 09-9552411/9555720 (home)

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