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From Brian McCallister <>
Subject Re: Personal attacks and respect
Date Thu, 08 Jul 2004 16:12:21 GMT
As an innocent bystander of the flamewar that spawned this email:

Nicola commented on some technical changes, it started deteriorating  
into shed painting, Nicola posted an email on de-escalating conflict in  
technical discussions, then Stephen attacked Nicola directly for some  
as-yet-unspecified ("you know why, Nicola") historical reason that  
Nicola is not allowed to suggest ways to de-escalate conflict.

 From there things went ballistic (the technical discussion wrapped up  
quickly and happily) in personal attacks and slanders and the  
discussion was suggested to move here.

I suggest avoiding argumentum ad hominem in technical discussions. It  
benefits no one, is logically invalid, and plays havoc on communities  


On Jul 8, 2004, at 9:50 AM, Stephen McConnell wrote:

> Nicola:
> If you have a problem with my annoyance at your presumption to preach -
> then present it here away from any particular project.
> Stephen.
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