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  • Opinion (Score:2, Insightful)

    by chaoticset (2105) on 2003.09.18 10:53 (#24308) Homepage Journal
    Of course, I could be wrong, and I haven't asked Randal or Earle about it or anything, so perhaps I'm way off base here, but...

    This looks like a joke in both cases. Yes, it was inappropriate to put an email address that was reasonably carefully hidden in public, machine-readable view, but that got fixed. Yes, it's inappropriate to swat someone's feedback away. But, in the absence of more context, Randal's email kind of looks anal if it's to be taken seriously, and if the whole module's a joke, the author might well think that the feedback's a joke too.

    Perhaps aren't well executed/thought-out jokes, but it doesn't really look malicious. Sure, either communication could be interpreted as negative behavior, but some folks view the entire Acme namespace as a waste of effort, an exercise in pointlessness.

    Like I said in the disclaimer -- I could be wrong, this could truly be malicious, it could be jerky, etc., but these just look like failed jokes to me.

    As far as a keyboard releasing inner personality, I suspect that's a function of time. You can communicate more quickly with a keyboard than with words, so you both have less time to filter and more time to spew. Also, there's no way to gauge people's reaction mid-sentence, as with face-to-face speaking, so there's not really any way to tell if you should just shut up and let something go mid-sentence. (Believe me, that whole mid-sentence thing has saved my bacon in conversations a whole lot more than I ever give it credit for. Being able to change what you say to someone halfway through saying it is just about the only real advantage of vocalization.)


    You are what you think.