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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Distribution quote of the week
Posted Mar 19, 2013 23:42 UTC (Tue) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Mar 20, 2013 12:39 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
But that's not the point. The point is that you cannot pretend to win an argument by playing the offended card. At most you will halt discussion and poison the relation with the community. That's too high price a price to pay for wining an on-line discussion.
People that are easily offended are as dangerous (if not more) to a healthy on-line community as people that are too prone to aggressive behavior. Note that I do not say "prone to offend", and that's for a reason: offensiveness is a relative personal interpretation. Anybody can choose to feel offended by anything, no matter how unreasonable may it seem.
Posted Mar 20, 2013 13:04 UTC (Wed) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Mar 20, 2013 17:33 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Mar 20, 2013 18:37 UTC (Wed) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Mar 21, 2013 17:41 UTC (Thu) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
But that was not a good example, Rushdie was being *deliberately* provocative. That's not what I saw in the mail exchange. What I saw was someone choosing to ignore a valid point on the grounds that the messenger was offensive and elitist, a clear ad hominem fallacy even if it was true.
And that leads us to the crux of the matter. Was Malone rude and elitist, as purported by Duffy? The mails are out there for all to see and consider.
Posted Mar 21, 2013 17:49 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Mar 22, 2013 9:56 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
But that's not important here. Let me reuse your words and say that, Human nature being what it is, everybody can (and do) behave inappropriately eventually. We all have had a bad day. And if I have to deal with people because of my job, I have to understand that. Otherwise I'm behaving like a jerk too. Do two wrongs make a right?
Curiously enough, I have just read about the "donglegate" thing that happened at PyCon. Those things should get us thinking about what's the correct behavior in those situations.
Posted Mar 22, 2013 14:10 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
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