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The end of LWN comment dialog?

The end of LWN comment dialog?

Posted Apr 5, 2009 15:42 UTC (Sun) by GreyWizard (guest, #1026)
In reply to: The end of LWN comment dialog? by jospoortvliet
Parent article: That massive filesystem thread

Both of your arguments could reasonably be applied to a comment that says "please be polite" but both fail for "be polite you jerk." Someone who is accidentally rude is much more likely to respond to the "you jerk" part than the "be polite" part. The contradiction immediately destroys the credibility of the person posting because he or she is not willing to be held to the standard set for others.

A truly polite request for more courtesy might help but it's difficult to be sure because such things are quite rare. Giving in to the temptation to scold even just a little makes the comment worse than useless. Unless you are absolutely certain you can do it right it's better to focus on substantive issues and avoid appointing yourself a courtesy cop.


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The end of LWN comment dialog?

Posted Apr 5, 2009 16:20 UTC (Sun) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

True, if you meant to point out that 'be polite YOU JERK' isn't very effective, I agree. I do however think that it's better than nothing. Nothing changes nothing.

The end of LWN comment dialog?

Posted Apr 5, 2009 16:27 UTC (Sun) by GreyWizard (guest, #1026) [Link]

It's better to change nothing than to make the situation worse.

The end of LWN comment dialog?

Posted Apr 5, 2009 17:11 UTC (Sun) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

Maybe. Probably for this one response. However, as I pointed out, there are wider repercussions to be expected from such behavior, and it is worth to show, as a community, that we disapprove of such ways of communicating. Even if that is done in a rather unfriendly manner.

On re-reading the thread, I think you are right in that ajross was more impolite than bojan, which often leads to a downward spiral and isn't helpful... bojan's post wasn't that far off from the normal tone on this site.

Anyway. This is went pretty far off-topic, and I think we mostly agree. For as far as we don't, we at least agree on that ;-)


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