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Re: DW quotes

On Sat, 2005-06-18 at 04:41 -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Jun 2005, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > Quoting Andrew Suffield (asuffield@debian.org):
> > > definition of 'polite', and that it will never happen that everything
> > > you encounter does meet it. So you just have to learn how to deal with
> > > it.
> >
> > You mean that we have to learn how to deal with *your* definition of
> > being polite?
> Yes, basically. You deal with it either by accepting it, or by
> discarding communication[1] by those who do not meet whatever
> politeness norms you have.
> You're still free to inform someone that what they are doing does not
> meet your politeness norms, but they're just as free to disagree with
> you and continue behaving appropriatly to their own norms.

Well, if said person doesn't then conform to standard levels of
politeness, then he finds himself being ignored by all sane individuals,
and it is in his interest to modify his behaviour. Unfortunately those
individuals to which this argument applies seem to fail to realise this
and respond not by modifying their behaviour, but by being increasingly
vocal and impolite. If these individuals, by being vocal, are perceived
by outsiders as being 'important' in the debian project, then that is
damaging to debian as a whole. 

Rob Taylor

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