[erlang-questions] Announcing Erlang.org Code of Conduct
Tue Mar 24 03:35:07 CET 2015
On Monday 23 March 2015 17:48:20 Raoul Duke wrote:
> > And there is top posting where the entire previous
> > message has been included without thought, and I have
> > to trawl carefully through it to see if I have missed
> > some added material. I imagine it is that kind of
> > post that has given top posting a bad name.
> + lots, for pointing out an underlying usability distinction.
> I also do not mind top-posting as long as it isn't the pathalogically
> unthinkingly bad type.
[Expanded the quote for context]
Finally, the problem.
Its not that top posting or bottom posting or addressing points by interleaved
quotation is always best -- it is that of all the forms, top posting is the
one most commonly associated with thoughtless, effortless responses that are
likely to waste the reader's time.
In fact, top posting being the default for most mail clients is the very thing
that makes me suspicious of top posts, because it is indeed effortless. It is
likely anything quoted was only an inclusion incidental to thoughtless use of
a mail agent, instead of something that required effort. In the few seconds it
requires to place the cursor at the end of a message one has just a moment to
reflect, to cool down, to visually recognize just how much irrelevant digital
garbage one is about to bat right back at the mailing list server. This is a
Perhaps we should embrace the idea that statements made in public places
should be thoughtful and require some effort. This doesn't mean they must be
dry, humorless, or even polite.
One thing that has always stuck out to me about this relatively small but
abnormally skilled community it is that it seems to place a very high value on
quality. While this means different things to nearly everyone, "quality" and
"thoughtless" tend to not go together.
This is better expressed as an ethos than a rule set, and perhaps that is part
of why there has been so much backlash in this thread. Some people clearly
feel their expressive freedom is violated when asked to immediately comply
with some unfamiliar CoC.
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