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Re: Pizza Example

From: Dawn M. Wolthuis <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 06:54:31 -0500
Message-ID: <c4u5qa$pi$1@news.netins.net>


"Tony" <andrewst_at_onetel.net.uk> wrote in message news:c0e3f26e.0404060031.1fd0ce26_at_posting.google.com... > "Eric Kaun" <ekaun_at_yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<RGicc.3033$nu2.65_at_newssvr31.news.prodigy.com>...
> > "Dawn M. Wolthuis" <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com> wrote in message
> > news:c4s0vq$ddp$1_at_news.netins.net...
> > > "Tony" <andrewst_at_onetel.net.uk> wrote in message
> > > news:c0e3f26e.0404050135.15e006dd_at_posting.google.com...
> > > > "Dawn M. Wolthuis" <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com> wrote in message
> > news:<c4pr5i$n3p$1_at_news.netins.net>...
> > > > > I see no logic in this.
> > > >
> > > > Why doesn't that surprise me? ;-)
> > >
> > > Hey Tony, you could cut me some slack -- I'm at least asking question
in
> > an
> > > honest effort to learn.

> >

> > I agree completely - such sniping is mean-spirited, discourages honest
> > discussion, and is usually more amusing to the sniper than to onlookers.
>
> Sorry for any offence caused. It seemed a pretty mild-mannered bit of banter to me!

For this list, it was, but the "list culture" here has been a bit too mean-spirited for some of us (me, for example), so maybe we can raise the bar on that. Witty jabs against opinions with which you differ, especially when combined with some logical discourse, are quite different from personal attacks.

I was initially appalled by the type of attacks on this list, given that some people tend not to answer with logic, but with words like "stupid" or "idiot" in them. Then I was amused by the teenager-style approach to discourse and the fact that I had never been called "stupid" in public before (that I can recall). Now it just bores or irritates me. I'd rather learn from opinions on the subject matter than opinions about me.

So, witty dialog -- sure! Pokes at individuals that do not move the discussion forward -- nix. Thanks, Tony -- I'll put you back on my "he's OK" list. Cheers! --dawn Received on Tue Apr 06 2004 - 06:54:31 CDT

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