[sclug] sclug Digest, Vol 80, Issue 4

Tim Sutton tim at linfiniti.com
Tue May 18 09:42:24 UTC 2010


On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM, lists <lists at retrochoons.co.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-05-18 at 11:03 +0200, Tim Sutton wrote:
>> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM, Stuart Ward <stuart.ward at bcs.org> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> For me being a sceptic occupies the same landscape as being a
>> >> religious zealot...I mean if someone pitched up on this list to find
>> >> out about linux and all they saw was discussion about loaves and
>> >> fishes they would be somewhat confused right? Likewise if they
>> >> encounter a long diatribe on the contents of a petri dish they would
>> >> be firmly in WTF??? territory. Surely there is more than enough on
>> >> topic, Linux related, stuff to keep this list occupied without having
>> >> to wonder off topic....
>> >>
>> > So are you the thought police keeping us all on topic. The whole point
>> > of free software is to experiment and off topic is just a part of
>> > that. If anything we should encourage more of topic discussions
>> > because that is were the real innovations and ideas come from.
>> >
>> > Stuart
>> >
>> If people discuss off topic matters there is precious little I can do
>> about it...other than voice my opinion - which I have done - it hardly
>> makes me the thought police....
>> Regards
>> Tim
> Sure, but your response has influenced my *thoughts* about you as a
> person, you sad, friendless arsehole!

Is that really called for? I have conducted the discussion in a polite
and friendly tone - if you disagree with me constuct an actual logic
argument rather than resorting to ad hominem attacks (which are a poor
basis for an argument or discussion).




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