Exception as the primary error handling mechanism?

Steven D'Aprano steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Wed Jan 6 05:48:30 CET 2010

On Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:58:58 +0000, r0g wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Wed, 06 Jan 2010 09:39:08 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
>>> r0g <aioe.org at technicalbloke.com> writes:
>>>> Of course I'm now guilty of pedantry too :/ I might have let it slip
>>>> had you not started your reply with the word "No", that just p*****
>>>> me off.
>>> Well, if being told “no” is going to piss you off, I think you're in
>>> for a rough time.
>> Oh, you're in trouble now! If you think he gets upset at being told no,
>> you should see how upset he gets at being told he's in for a rough
>> time!!!
>> *wink*
> NO! It's a rude way to start a sentence don't you think? 


I'm not Japanese, I don't feel any social prohibition at saying No in 
this context. I'm also happy to start a sentence with "You're wrong", and 
occasionally I give in to temptation to start it with "Are you on crack?".

> Just because
> you're correcting someone doesn't mean you have to be combative and try
> and make them feel small. Unless they've adopted a hostile or wilfully
> ignorant tone there's no reason to be so brusqe with people. You can be
> both nice AND terse you  know.

Now I feel hurt that you're publicly rebuking me and making me feel as if 
I've done something wrong by trying to lighten the mood with a small 

Nah, just kidding.


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