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Date:      Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:18:39 -0400
From:      Aryeh Friedman <>
To:        Michael Sierchio <>
Cc:        Dave Hayes <>, Roderick <>, Polytropon <>,  FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Infinite stupid threads ...
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On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 4:54 PM Michael Sierchio <> wrote=

> Respectfully, I beg to differ.  Etiquette is a customary code of polite
> behavior.   Consider it, in this context, to be the rules of the game for
> discourse, and the analogy is apt =E2=80=93 it's hard to play tennis if y=
ou don't
> agree on the rules.  Therefore rules of etiquette should be few in number=
> and easy to remember, and reinforced regularly.  There are cultural and
> linguistic and generational divides here, so etiquette helps define the
> neutral ground of our colloquy.

The threads in this case quickly turned into "Be polite or I shall bash you
over the head" vs. "Let's agree to disagree" (with the first quote being
the general answer to the second one).   Sadly etiquette threads often turn
into that unless it is a point that there is a broad consensus on and no
vocal minority.   In the two mentioned threads there was a very vocal
minority attempting to say current consensus is wrong.   It is likely
impossible to have polite conversation when the convention in question is
an etiquette one.

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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