Re: Joy of text (WTF???)

Subject: Re: Joy of text (WTF???)
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 1996 09:24:41 -0800

>What kind of snip was that Richard? And why the post with no source? This
>could come from anywhere.

Huh? I thought *I* was the cryptic one.

If you're referring to the fact that I edited what I was responding to,
rather than simply reposting the whole thing, that's just good manners.

If you're referring to the fact that I never (unless it's relevant) cite the
name of the poster of what I'm responding to, I have several reasons for that:

1. It's error-prone. Ignore the fact that messages can be faked. Assume that
all posts really come from whomever they say they come from. People still
get it wrong -- sometimes attributing a post to someone who was actually
disagreeing with it.

2. Not attributing the material places the emphasis on the idea, not the person.

3. Often I edit the idea I'm responding to, and the original poster might
not like to have my words placed in his or her mouth. ...RM

Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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