nobody at xyzzy.claranet.de
Sat Dec 8 23:11:00 CET 2007
Peter Constable was:
>>> I agree with Everson about +1 and -1.
>> Hey. Alvestrand. Why are you calling me by my surname?
> Can we agree that there are people from different
> cultures on this list and that, in different
> English-speaking cultures, it is not uncommon practice
> to *refer* to a person by their surname, and that that
> is not considered offensive?
I'd consider it as offensive, Usenet tradition. In fact
Michael was very upset when he got a "dear Michael" from
a person he doesn't like (until Harald explored one of
the really ugly RFCs to eliminate this problem).
It could be a joke, or a subtle flame about making a fuss
of "+1", a culturally neutral shorthand, still agreeing
that he also doesn't like "+1", but won't insist on it.
[more plausible guesses unrelated to this list removed]
> Can we also agree that, when people from different
> cultures on this list employ different conventions
> in referring to people, it is acceptable so long as it
> is not *culturally* offensive?
For people posting on this list for less than [insert
period] I'd agree that it should be tolerated, but when
I wrote "Mr. 123456" elsewhere I expected that he knows
what it means.
> *off*-list seems preferable.
Yes, however off list flames would waste energy... <g>
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