Trouble with Multi-threading

rusi rustompmody at
Thu Dec 12 05:26:28 CET 2013

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:30:38 AM UTC+5:30, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article Steven D'Aprano  wrote:

> > When did this forum become so intolerant of even the tiniest, most minor 
> > breaches of old-school tech etiquette? Have we really got nothing better 
> > to do than to go on the war path over such trivial issues? Out of five 
> > responses to the Original Poster's email, there was *one* helpful reply, 
> > followed by no fewer than four people playing "Stacks on the n00b" making 
> > the same comment about being unable to delete the message. I'm sure all 
> > four of you think you are ever such wits, but you're only half right.

> I believe I started off the chain of responses you're referring to.  I 
> meant it semi-humorously, but also with a point.  It is clear it turned 
> out to be harmful, and for that I apologize.

Sniping at someone -- especially a newcomer -- for a piece of technical
irrelevantia is unfortunate. However your semi-humorous pointing out
was good because it shows that all posting methods have their hiccups:

html mail
undesired and nonsensical footers
reply/reply-all mixups
repeated posts
long and double-spaced lines
others Ive missed

Reminds me that sometime ago when GG was habitually double-posting,
Steven started quadruple-posting, giving some of us a rare leg-pulling
opportunity :D

> I share your dismay at where this group is going, and feel bad that I 
> inadvertently moved it further in that direction.

Unnecessary and uncalled for irascibility is of course a degradation.

But (from my pov) a bunch of people -- especially so-called techies --
unable to distinguish the following 3 is a much bigger degradation.

1 Problems caused by conscious malefic intent
2 Kids/noobs/ignoramuses/immature just being themselves
3 Problems of communication technology

Conflating 1,3 with 2 will drive many of them (2s) away which is a
significant loss for the community

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