Re: Characters

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2011 - 14:15:49 CST

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    On Friday 11 February 2011, Asmus Freytag <> wrote:
    > However, this mailing list s not a place to leave requests, demand results, or place an order.
    Well, it is a place to make requests.
    The person did not demand results nor place an order.
    > So when you write: "please provide me..." which comes across as placing an order, ...
    Well, it did not come across as that to me. I try to read posts written in English with the view that the person writing is well-intentioned and might not have a native language of English.
    > And when your demand ...
    There was not a demand!
    > ... includes something that can, at best, be answered by a full-blown research project, then "please provide me.." becomes funny.
    When advising, people often ask questions that do not fit. It is part of the role of the advisor to gently guide them to an understanding with an attitude of respect.
    William Overington
    11 February 2011

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