[ RadSafe ] RadSafe Digest, Vol 695, Issue 1

franz.schoenhofer at chello.at franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Sat Jul 23 15:11:25 CDT 2011

Dear  Mark,,

You are one of the unfortunatley rather few RADSAFERs I think that should be taken serious and that it 's worthwhile to discuss with you. 

You are absolutely right, that "humour" is very dependend on the cultural context.  For participants at RADSAFE I believe that "jokes" can be regardless of their  cultural background at least to some degree sorted out by categories like harmless and offending. Thepffendong re is no questions, that a message which is full of  words like "bull shxxt" and "fxxck" might not be compatible with RADSAFE conduct. Why "nonsense" should be a bad word I still do not understand . Those phrases are really easily to understand as harmless and far from offending. 

Anything offending in American English need not be offending in a different English version and especially not in a translation of a European language. 

American English is sure not the universal Standard!!!!!!!!

Best regards and wishes to Down Under!


 Sonter <sontermj at tpg.com.au> schrieb:
> 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 
> errors.
> Meanwhile, I still think Radsafe is an excellent forum, and wish 
> everybody well....
> Mark Sonter
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