Re: Thanks! Techwr-L is invaluable. Can members Simplify instead of Going?

Subject: Re: Thanks! Techwr-L is invaluable. Can members Simplify instead of Going?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 13:53:05 -0800

Most of the unpleasantness on the list could probably be prevented if everybody made an effort to avoid ad hominem comments - that is, ones that attack the person who made the comments, rather than respond to the comments themselves. I can't help noticing that, even in this thread, there have been thinly veiled comments about other people on the list - exactly the type of comment that makes the list less civil.

I think that, whenever people feel tempted to make a personal comment about another list member - on-list or privately - they should think twice and asks themselves why. When people are tempted to make an ad hominem attack (and most people are, at some time or other), it's frequently a sign that they've taken a comment personally themselves and (from their viewpoint) are responding in kind. If they can figure out why they take offense, they can probably go on to formulate a legitimate comment rather than an attack.

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They marry and vanish and die
But their spirit shall live on the outside track
As long as they years go by."
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