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Interesting article about flamewars


I was reading this:


And I'm pondering how to extract some useful suggestions for the Debian
Community Guidelines[1] out of this.  I think the "Read messages
smartly" part[2] almost gets it already, but can that article bring
improvements to it?

I quote the beginning of the Wired article:

 "The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

   'Don't work too hard,' wrote a colleague in an e-mail today. Was she
   sincere or sarcastic? I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably
   According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality
   and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the
   tone of any e-mail message. The study also shows that people think
   they've correctly interpreted the tone of e-mails they receive 90
   percent of the time.?

I could also link the article from that part of the DCG, but the page
looks like a link that's going to break: how does one respect the
license of the content AND survive bitrot?  Should I ask wired for
permission to mirror or quote it?

WikiNews also mentions this:
Other related articles:



[1] http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg
[2] http://people.debian.org/~enrico/dcg/ch02s04.html
GPG key: 1024D/797EBFAB 2000-12-05 Enrico Zini <enrico@debian.org>

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