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 http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro


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