On Saturday 04 November 2006 11:48, Tony Alfrey wrote:
Randall R Schulz wrote:
It's the same old debate: Do you forgive all
the crap and nonsense
and let the list devolve into drivel or to you ride herd on the
newbies in order to instruct them on the way intelligent list
interactions are carried on? I'm in the latter camp.
Or one can behave as
though we were part of a civilized society,
understand that we cannot all be experts on all subjects, and we
respond to others in the way we would wish a response were we asking
The point is not about expertise. We all ask questions when our own
expertise, be it vast or miniscule, does not supply an answer to the
question we have.
The point is that there are intelligent, coherent and respectful ways to
ask, answer and follow up on questions. Then there are all the other
ways. The other ways must be repudiated.
The best way to repudiate a disrespectful question or response is to
ignore it. This will stop it immediately.
It is the equivalent of sending it to /dev/null.
The intelligence or coherence of a Q/A depends on the judgment of the
reader and is inappropriate and irrelevant. Again, one may chose not to
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"