Subject: Re: Beating the dead horse again about VB
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/03/21
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Erik Naggum <>
|   Naggum's rule of optimal electronic communication:
|   be harsh and critical in public, and kind and rewarding in private

* Kent M Pitman <>
| So a corollary is that we don't have to actually put text in anything
| we send you (or anyone) we disagree with.  We can just send null mail
| knowing that ill feelings will be the default content?  Hmm...

  heh.  a more important corollary is that good articles have much fewer
  followups than bad articles, and zero followups may mean it's very good.
  (even those devoid of contents get followups criticizing them for their
  lack of contents.)  this is not how people ordinarily view communication
  and the way people get their feedback, so it's worth pointing out.

| Besides, if you have an anti-"me, too" rule sometimes you just end up
| with people finding more verbose and dull ways to say "me, too".

  yeah, I agree.  however abstractly you define the rule, someone will
  treat it like those silly games where the players aren't allowed to say
  certain words.  </example>  :)