Politeness on the list

Steven hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:35:26 PST
Your questions are wonderful & valued reminder Michael 

Steven :  )

On 07/03/2013, at 2:41 AM, "Michael Mace" <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks,
> Forgive me for the interruption, but I want to express a personal opinion
> for a second.  I'm speaking as someone who's been on this list for many
> years, and who has seen other lists self-destruct. This list has been
> working great lately, and I'd hate to see us screw that up.
> I think part of making the list work well is that people need to feel free
> to express their opinions, without intimidation from personal attack or
> insult.  That means disagreement is fine; in fact it's good because often
> it's how we learn. But personal attacks and insults are not at all fine, in
> my opinion.
> Before you post, I recommend that you ask yourself:
> --Does what I'm writing respond to the ideas, or to the person who posted
> it?
> --Am I being respectful to the other folks on the list?
> --Is this something I would say to someone across the table at a dinner
> party?
> --If I'm making a joke or sarcastic comment, will that be clear to someone
> in another country who's native to a different language?
> If the answer to any of those questions is no, I recommend that you reword
> your message.
> Sincerely,
> Mike
> PS: I think the author of the NY Times opinion piece is overthinking the
> issue, but I feel that way about many of the opinion pieces I see the NY
> Times.
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