Russ Allbery <email@example.com> (21/05/2013): > I've noticed the same pattern as Steve, and it bothers me too, which > means I probably should say something rather than letting this look > like something between you and him. Your interactions on > debian-devel when you do post there, which indeed isn't too > frequently, usually come across as quite angry and confrontational > and, yes, abusive. > > I *think* this is largely because you mostly post to debian-devel > when something is getting in your way or interfering with something > you're trying to get done (at least, that's my impression of most of > the cases I remember). If I'm right, that means you mostly post in > a frustrated mood. But, that being said, it makes me cringe, and I > really wish you would rephrase the way that you post there. I've > gotten to the point where I dread reading a debian-devel thread when > your name shows up in the list of senders, and I don't want to feel > that way! You do lots of great work on TeX packaging, something > that I care quite a bit about, and I want to look forward to reading > your posts. I concur with Steve and Russ. As someone who routinely gets frustrated, unamused, or otherwise amazingly annoyed by things I encounter, I tend to just write a reply, stash it in the postponed folder, and only revisit after a while (this may mean minutes, hours, or days). Rewriting things after the fact, eventually dropping the mail altogether if someone gave a satisfactory or better reply in the meanwhile (that's often Russ), probably leads to better results than satisfying the need for a reply *right now*, when one might not be in the best mood or state of mind to reply. At least I like to think it works for me… Mraw, KiBi.
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