ADMIN: Back on track and an explanation

Subject: ADMIN: Back on track and an explanation
From: Eric Ray <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 06:17:26 -0700


Gang
It's time to get off the linguistic and grammatical
discussions (as they can readily be solved with
the help of a good reference book or dictionary)
and also time to lay off the personal attacks on all counts.

If you have a point to make, by all means make it, but
there's no value for anyone in being rude to Andrew,
John, or anyone else you disagree with. You're welcome
to disagree with ideas or proposals, but there's a
disturbing trend to respond to, for example, Andrew's
caustic comments on the _profession_ or related areas
with rude comments on Andrew personally (or with
quibbles and nitpicks that have no value).

If you disagree with comments made _about the profession_,
by all means rebut them on the list. If you disagree with
Andrew's use of "gaggle of magic toads", take that up with
him off line. If you disagree with Andrew on principle and
can't find an appropriate way to articulate your specific
issues, don't post.

No, I'm not saying that Andrew has carte blanche to post
anything he wants--he doesn't--but I am saying that he's
perfectly entitled to air his on-topic opinions, even if they're
not what you want to hear. I think any of us who have
been in the profession for any amount of time can certainly
see where he could quite reasonably and justifiably
have drawn the conclusions he has drawn, even while disagreeing
with him, and I, for one, think that an outspoken
voice in this forum to say that "the emporor has no
clothes" is probably good for all of us, even if it does
cause a certain amount of introspection or painful
self-analysis.

Eric
ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com




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