Farewell and thanks!

drlegendre . drlegendre at gmail.com
Sat Feb 6 18:14:38 CST 2016

Lacking any other clue (such as accent, mannerisms) that the speaker may
have different cultural norms, how is one to tell plain, friendly
discoursing from a demeaning, brusque or curt tone?

Absent the many critical but subtle cues we receive when engaging in live,
interpersonal conversation, the written word - particularly the functional
and casual way we use it here - is open to broad (mis-)interpretation at
almost every turn.

I'll close by saying that, like most of you, I've had the odd run-in with
what first seemed like a real twat on the net. But in every case, when we
took it up personally, off-list, I've never walked away with anything but a
satisfied mind and a more thoughtful and dare I say favorable opinion of
the person on the other end.

On Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:16 AM, js at cimmeri.com <js at cimmeri.com> wrote:

> On 2/6/2016 10:22 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
>> On 5 February 2016 at 23:54, Steven Hirsch<snhirsch at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> I've finally had my fill of the general grumpiness and bluntly worded
>>> interactions on this list.
>>> Over the years I have learned a lot and would like to particularly
>>> express
>>> my thanks to Tony Duell, Fred Cisin and Chuck Guzis for being unfailingly
>>> polite and very forthcoming with technical advice.
>> I apologise for the offence that I have given.
>> I am British, not American, and the tone of European converse is far
>> too abrupt and confrontational for an American-dominated forum. I was
>> rebuked by moderators twice that day alone for comments which I had
>> thought were reasonable and proportionate.
>> I was wrong. My comments were inappropriate. I regret them and
>> apologise for them.
> On the other hand, Liam, maybe some people should just grow a bit of a
> thicker skin and understand that other cultures can be different.
> - J.

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