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

Shawn sgrover at open2space.com
Mon Nov 29 22:49:00 PST 2004


I take the approach that if a message sounds offensive, then I'm probably 
reading it wrong.

Of course, sometimes we humans forget our self imposed rules and make 
mistakes... <grins>

Shawn

On Monday 29 November 2004 23:40, Niels Voll wrote:
> <div style="tone-of-voice: pretend-serious; body-language: not-serious;" >
> Oh Graham,
> please don't kill the first really decent flame war I've seen on this list!
> </div>
>
> 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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