John C Frain
frainj at gmail.com
Wed Apr 28 19:10:34 CEST 2010
I agree totally. The main problem in the reply was the word
(surprise!). Otherwise it just reworded part of the list guidelines.
I did not read the original post because of its length and complexity.
I might have read a better phrased question. It is perhaps to
Robin's credit that he tried to answer the question. It is obvious
that he had not full knowledge of the circumstances of the question.
On 28 April 2010 14:20, Susan Dittmar <Susan.Dittmar at gmx.de> wrote:
> Friends, please, cool down a bit.
> OK, Robin did not understand what really was the question. His answer was
> off mark -- mind you, not necessarily unkind, just off the mark.
> But, friends, this happens every day! It might be annoying, but why all the
> hubub about it?
> This is email. Even face to face there's so many ways to be misread, and
> email lacks a lot of the communication channels face to face communication
> holds. Please keep that in mind before second-guessing! (And the last one
> goes to *all* sides in this controversy!)
> And please keep in mind that, even though an answer might carry some
> annoyance with it, it's still an answer. The poster spent the time reading
> the question and answering it. It might not be a helpful answer, but it
> still *is* an answer, usually given in good faith. It's unfair to discard
> it just because it's not helpful -- maybe the answer is not, but the poster
> still tried to be!
> I did not address you as a friend by chance. Please keep in mind all
> regular readers of this list are at least friends once removed, connected
> by a wonderful program suite called TeX.
> Just my thoughts (or, more precisely, an attempt at expressing them),
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John C Frain
Trinity College Dublin
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