Make love, not flame war

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Mon Feb 09 2009 - 07:36:31 UTC

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    This list always stood out from the typical mailing list by the virtual absence 
    of flame-wars (a.o. thanks to Ted's strict moderation). So it is with some 
    amazement that I noted the last few days.
    My personal 2 euro-cents:
    a) I know, from frequent private communications, that John loves 
    tongue-in-cheeck comments. When I read the whole list exchange about "real" 
    observers, there was no doubt in my mind that it was all in jest.
    b) I know, by experience with the press, that journalist pick out the best, most 
    strongly sounding statements. A news item usually has little room for nuances, a 
    quote of a few lines will usually focus on the bold statement. You should always 
    be careful to judge someone solely by the way he or she is quoted in the press.
    So IMHO this all indeed is an unfortunate mishap in which an unnuanced news item 
    quote and a tongue-in-cheek series of exchanges on the list triggered by it, 
    plus an unusually strong discussion on an entirely other subject (identifiers in 
    subject lines) being linked to it, started to lead its own life.
    I feel we now all need to take a step back and let the dust settle, before it 
    starts to irreparably damage our group relations.
    - Marco
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