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At 04:08 PM 5/10/2002 -0700, Ronald Bourret wrote:
>Jonathan Robie wrote:
> > The sarcasm sometimes gets in the way of this discussion. It's a reason
> > that some people prefer not to hang out on XML-Dev. If you want to increase
> > communication between the designers of XML standards and XML-Dev, give us
> > lots of well reasoned, technical discussion, and be polite to us.
>I think it's reasonable to expect politeness, but sarcasm, rants,
>generalities, and other human foibles are part of the mix in every
>technical discussion I've ever been in. Sorting through the chaff to get
>to the wheat is part of the job description.
True. And I've been trying to do that.
Sometimes I find that once I have sorted through the sarcasm, rants,
generalities, and grandstanding, all that is left is whitespace. That's
when I ask for people to be more specific, give concrete examples, etc.
>P.S. I also suspect that more participation from WG members would (after
>a time) decrease, not increase, things like sarcasm. Let's face it,
>consciously or subconsciously, one of the reasons people participate in
>discussions is simply a desire to be heard.
Yes, I'm sure that's true.