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Re: One can not guess if somebody is willing to accept private mails or not...

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> wrote:

> In the early 2006, I complained privately about the sarcastic tone of
> one of the answers he made to me on -devel, and I guess that I hurted
> him more strongly than if I had done this publicly, because I received
> insults on his blog in return.

I said "Drop him a private email discussing your concerns", not 
"Misinterpret what Anthony said, decide that an off-hand comment is an 
insult and then bitch at him via private email". There's a fairly 
important difference there.

For what it's worth, I'm not keen on the way Anthony dealt with your
email. On the other hand, nor do I think your initial email to him was
in any way appropriate. However, I don't see him joining threads purely
in order to everyone that disagreeing with you may result in personal
attacks via private email. And nor do I see him publically attacking 
people and then asking for any responses to be private.

My response to Bill was purely based on the fact that he has criticised 
Anthony several times during the past couple of weeks, but that no 
useful discussion has arisen from this. Private email seems like a 
somewhat better mechanism for discussing this sort of thing than public 
email - there's less risk of it escalating. Do you have any reason to 
believe that Anthony would feel any desire to repost private mail that 
made reasonable arguments, rather than, say, accusing him of ad-hominem 
attacks for no obvious reason whatsoever[1]? If not, why did you post 

[1] As a hint for answering this question, consider the amount of 
private mail received by Anthony. Consider the amount of it that has 
been published on his blog.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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