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Re: It's getting ridiculous!
5/29/2006 10:05 PM
Mikkel Pedersen (3796) wrote:
I said useless because if we can't agree on some universal way to communicate properly, it won't be clear to others what you mean. This is especially important when communicating in writing, as you can't see facial expressions, body language or hear the tone of voice.
For instance if proper protocol suggests that using all capital letters (all caps) denotes shouting, you shouldn't use all caps, unless you mean to shout.
If you use words that don't universally mean what you want them to, you will be misunderstood. Maybe not by all, but by some. The same goes for unintentionally emphasizing something that shouldn't be emphasized. And with being understood as the ultimate goal of communication, this is a problem. Especially if you project yourself as a teacher, as is the case with your lessons. If I can't be sure we "talk the same language", I can't be sure you mean what I read. The protocols/netiquette have been in development around the world since the beginning of global communication, and breaking them might offend people. Many domains have their own set of protocols though, and it's wise to simply adapt to them (by observing how others use them) to avoid provoking people in the domain. Most of them are however built upon the basic usenet "netiquette".
Generally humility is the best approach when in doubt. That way you won't step on any toes, and you'll most likely get kind feedback most of the time. It's all up to you offcourse. Some people like to be arrogant bastards and disliked by the majority for some reason. :-)
And in regard to my grammar. I do make mistakes, though I do me best not to. (Often I wouldn't know I did it, and rely on people correcting me, as english is my second language). When corrected I usually respond with a 'thank you', unless the mistake is some triffle. Then I'd just ignore it. So, thank you. But starting a discussion about the relevance of the correction won't get anyone anywhere. It'll be a complete waste of time, and people will most likely end up being angry at eachother.