Re: Topical Postings

Subject: Re: Topical Postings
From: Brad Connatser <cwrites -at- USIT -dot- NET>
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 1996 12:45:46 GMT

In article <Chameleon -dot- 961004074743 -dot- ejray -at- ejray -dot- ionet -dot- net>, "Eric J. Ray"
<ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com> wrote:

> Grammar AS IT CLEARLY PERTAINS TO technical communication is
> acceptable, while grammar for its own sake is not.

There's no such thing as grammar that does not pertain to technical
communication. All grammar pertains to technical communication.

> Personal attacks of any sort (e.g. "those wacko, outrageous implied
> or direct statements") ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. BTW, posting
> personal messages to the list is also generally considered
> extremely rude, Joanna.

What do you think you just did?

> Joanna, if you or anyone else aren't comfortable with the restrictions
> placed on acceptable topics on TECHWR-L, I'd encourage you to find
> or create other discussion forums in which to discuss the topics that
> you choose. (A list of lists was posted to TECHWR-L earlier this
> week and is available from me on request.)

That's like saying, "If you don't like the way this country is being run,
go to another country." I like to think of TECHWR-L as a little democratic
country, where we can all discuss things openly. And while Eric does have
the final say, I think he would prefer to exercise the collective will of
the "governed," instead of ruling absolutely. However, name-calling and,
as Eric says, rude personal posts may dilute this possibility. I would
like to know straight from Eric: Is this list autocratic or democratic?
Either way, I'm staying because (not since) the people on this list are
wonderfully diverse, intelligent, and sincere about helping others.


Brad Connatser
Concurrent Communications
cwrites -at- usit -dot- net

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