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From: Denis Dupeyron <calchan@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Interesting article from the Times Magazine
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 13:11:22
1 From the Times Magazine :
5 It mostly doesn't apply to us as a community (hopefully), but one
6 paragraph is especially interesting.
8 << In 1981, [Jon Postel] formulated what's known as Postel's Law: "Be
9 conservative in what you do; be liberal in what you accept from
10 others." Originally intended to foster "interoperability," the ability
11 of multiple computer systems to understand one another, Postel's Law
12 is now recognized as having wider applications. To build a robust
13 global network with no central authority, engineers were encouraged to
14 write code that could "speak" as clearly as possible yet "listen" to
15 the widest possible range of other speakers, including those who do
16 not conform perfectly to the rules of the road. The human equivalent
17 of this robustness is a combination of eloquence and tolerance — the
18 spirit of good conversation. Trolls embody the opposite principle.
19 They are liberal in what they do and conservative in what they
20 construe as acceptable behavior from others. You, the troll says, are
21 not worthy of my understanding; I, therefore, will do everything I can
22 to confound you. >>
24 I'd add that trolling isn't always conscious, so everyone of us is
25 potentially somebody else's troll. My personal trick is that I always
26 re-read my posts as if they were addressed to myself on a bad hair
27 day.
29 Denis.