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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by da (1525) on 2002.10.13 15:29 (#13863) Homepage Journal
    Bleh. Things like that can ruin a day or two for me, too.

    This week's for me was somebody who has decided I'm in charge of our local LUG and therefore the proper recipient of his flames about the group. Why he decided that, is beyond me.

    Sometimes I feel bad about turning on the 'bozo bit' and ignoring the flamer; sometimes I don't ignore them and wish I had; often I spend too much time trying to figure out what they really meant...

    Other times, I think I've handled flames well. I usually completely ignore the truly irrational flames; sometimes I write an equally inflamatory response then don't send it (which sometimes works really well at resolving it for me).

    To the degree that I can understand the flamer's point, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they're just having a bad day/week/year, and try to extract something useful from the flame. Whether or not I respond. I find if I can see it from their perspective, it ends up being less annoying/day-ruining.

    *Shrug* I don't know if any of this is useful, or maybe just I should've said "Me too!"

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    -DA [coder.com]