Re: I would like to reply, but....
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Sun, 9 Aug 1998 11:54:30 -0400
Jerry Hanning wrote, in part:
> My question is this: How do I decide if I should respond to a message? I
> would have felt very uncomfortable in even sending my heavily edited reply
> just to the author.
Well, I think at least part of your answer is in place: reread your
proposed post, and if you're really uncomfortable with it, don't send
OTOH, excessive analysis can easily lead to paralysis, so don't be
hesitant to comment on anything you either feel very strongly about, or
about which you have something of value to contribute. The latter is
also an important touchstone: does my response hold out the promse of
adding to the dialog, or is it just a vent of my own frustrations/anger,
In any event, there are *plenty* on-line who will be more than willing
to point out where and when you've stepped over the line (even if you
actually haven't!), so when in doubt, sometimes it's best just to throw
it on the wall to see what sticks. Very quickly, you will get the
feedback that will let you know whether your respomses are appropriate.
Remember, it's almost always easier to apologize, than it is to get
permission, so *give* yourself permission, and just be prepared to
apologize when appropriate! Good luck!
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
"The Computer Counselor," Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and de facto Webmaster, Troop 339,
Baltimore Area Council, BSA (http://members.aol.com/troop339/)
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