[clug-talk] Email etiquette(?) Tone(?)

Niels Voll nvoll at voho.com
Mon Nov 29 22:40:56 PST 2004


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Oh Graham,
please don't kill the first really decent flame war I've seen on this list!
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I realize, there is no HTML allowed on this list, but I hope CSS is ok.

      :)

...Niels



Graham Monk wrote:

>I have noticed lately how easy it is be misunderstood in email.
>Just recently I sent a message that when I read it came across
>as very different from the manner in which I intended it.
>
>The difference was in how I would have spoken it. When
>face to face the tone would have accurately conveyed the
>perhaps slightly puzzled questioning tone but the email 
>smacked of "how dumb are you to be doing that!" I was
>quite shocked at how it read.
>
>There are enough problems with trolls and such without
>adding to it. 
>
>So, just as a suggestion, ( I do not think I am God or even a
>close approximation ) :) if something gets your back up, reread
>before answering and do the same for your own posts too.
>
>I will try to remember to do this myself.
>
>Graham 
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