[ RadSafe ] RadSafe Digest, Vol 695, Issue 1
sontermj at tpg.com.au
Thu Jul 21 19:58:06 CDT 2011
Can I give everybody a bit of advice?
1. Humour does not translate well, between languages, and even between
different cultures within the english speaking world (eg my Australian
humour is often not understood by Americans and Brits and vice versa,
and consequently I may be thought by them to be a clown or a rude person).
Therefore we should try to avoid humour, especially politically
incorrect humour, if it can be misunderstood. Otherwise you should make
very clear that a statement is intended as a joke or as irony or as sarcasm.
Otherwise people can get offended due to misunderstanding.
2. It is important for all of us sometimes to try to have a 'thick
skin', to be impervious to, or not easily upset by apparent insults.
Repeated angry backwards-and-forwards responses, particularly in a
technical forum like Radsafe, are really just a waste of time and emotion.
So can we please try to recognise the expertise of some of our older
colleagues, and similarly can some of our older colleagues please try to
restrain themselves from over-reacting to some of the
less-well-considered comments they think are insulting.
In responses it is sensible to restrict ourselves to rebutting factual
Meanwhile, I still think Radsafe is an excellent forum, and wish
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