[Tutor] Civil discourse from a newbie's perspective

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 2 14:17:51 CEST 2012

On 02/10/2012 12:44, Oscar Benjamin wrote:
> On 2 October 2012 11:16, Cecilia Chavana-Bryant
> <cecilia.chavana at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In my case, I am a complete beginner not only to python but programming in general, a complete beginner to internet forums (this is my third post ever) and I am also not a native English speaker. So, I feel triply ignorant when I post a question. Not only do I find it difficult to articulate my problem, as being a beginner to programming, I basically don't know what the hell I'm talking about, but after reading other posts where people have been corrected on their formatting I am also very insecure about this.
> Please don't be nervous about posting because you are not sure about
> the best way to write your post. Nobody will really get upset with you
> for top-posting or not including all of the relevant information (on
> other mailing lists they might).
> The comments that are sometimes made about formatting posts or
> providing extra information should not be interpreted as criticism.
> They are intended to help everyone communicate on this list. They are
> also good advice for posting on other mailing lists.
> If someone makes a comment like that to you, consider it a piece of
> advice (that you can ignore if you like). The point is that if your
> own communication is better then you will get more out of this mailing
> list.
> Oscar
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I do not intend helping anyone who insists on top posting despite 
requests not to do so.  When I was taught to read English it was always 
top to bottom and left to right.  I do not recall this being changed, or 
have I missed something?


Mark Lawrence.

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