civil discussion on fedora lists

Matthew Miller mattdm at
Sat Oct 18 14:51:39 UTC 2014

On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 09:10:46AM +0200, Miroslav Suchy wrote:
> >And conversely, if you feel like your position isn't being listened
> >to, try "I guess I'm not making myself very clear. Let me try to
> >restate.... Does this make more sense?"
> Ha Ha. I heard exactly that from my English teacher several weeks
> ago. For myself, this is cultural difference too. I would never use
> such wording in my native language. (Disclaimer: I'm not targeting
> the original thread, but disagreement in general).

Makes sense that there are some cultural differences here. But I think
the underlying concept has some universality. Discussion is more
productive in general when participants are active listeners and seek
to understand the other points of view rather. Is there a different way
you would approach the above which would feel more natural?

The rest of your message, which I'm not quoting, is excellent advice,
by the way — thank you!

I also found this article
<>, which I
recommend reading. It's a little focused on business communication
rather than on community collaboration, but I think generally applies
here too.

Matthew Miller
<mattdm at>
Fedora Project Leader

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