Re: Christmas Interruptions (and SPAM)
I hope this is the VERY LAST comment on the excrement in our mailboxes. (Sorry, Peter, this needs to be said. You can't shoulder the burden that we must each shoulder ourselves.) > ... take immediate > action which might well involve us instituting more complex (and therefore > costly) procedures. No. As a practical matter, where obnoxious anonymous speech is concerned, there are only two choices: respond with counteracting speech, or pretend it's not happening and wait for it to stop. The former choice, responding with more speech, is at best a waste of our time. Nobody on this list is persuaded by this infantilism anyway, so there's nothing to counteract. The latter choice is the best: pretend it's not happening. Delete and forget, in one quick motion. Send no replies. Do not forward anything to anyone. Do not discuss it with anyone, publicly or privately. Take no action whatsoever. It is a scientifically proven fact that positive and negative reinforcement are both reinforcement. In other words, any reaction whatsoever, positive or negative, is likely to reinforce a childish bad behavior. The more we react to these notes, the more likely we are to receive more such notes. So far, even by discussing this, we are giving this person exactly what he wants. Let's stop reinforcing the poor boob. The bad behavior will eventually cease, and we all will have lost the least possible time and effort. To take any other course is to consume scarce resources and produce nothing. -Steve -- Steven R. Newcomb, President, TechnoTeacher, Inc. srn@t... http://www.techno.com ftp.techno.com voice: +1 972 231 4098 fax +1 972 994 0087 3615 Tanner Lane Richardson, Texas 75082-2618 USA xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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