Tim ignored_mailbox at
Tue Jun 15 08:21:16 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 13:57 -0500, Dale J. Chatham wrote:
> Had the original admonishment been made in private

This also comes up from time to time.  It is a good thing to
occasionally publicly say don't top list, so that more than one person
sees the information.

Usually the correction is simply pointing this out, and not actually a
dressing down.  Often the person being corrected gets all uppity, and
turns it into a flame war.  Thus far, I see the overreaction has been
the original poster getting all defensive, instead of just switching
posting modes to suit.

And if they'd actually read the guidelines before romping into the list,
they wouldn't have needed correcting, anyway.  So they've only got
themselves to blame, ultimately.  You can consider /that/ to be a
chastisement, and a duly earned one, too.  As a seasoned poster you
should know better than to ignore the guidelines, for a list that you've
joined, and then to argue about them when pointed out to you.

If people simply switched styles to accommodate the guidelines, when
pointed out to them, instead of starting a flame war about having to
switch guidelines, which one or two dissenters always have to join in
and grumble about anybody having to adhere to any guidelines, none of us
would be having this conversation.

Them's the guidelines (link below), follow them.  All the dissenters
shutup whinging about them, and shutup whinging about being told to
follow the guidelines.  If you don't want to fit in, then go elsewhere.

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