Mailing list etiquette

Adrian Buehlmann adrian at
Fri Sep 7 13:03:10 CDT 2012

On 2012-09-07 19:42, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM, Adrian Buehlmann <adrian at
> <mailto:adrian at>> wrote:
>     Huh? You are surprising me.
>     When I say that your first attempt was "broken" (and it *was* thoroughly
>     broken IMO, you even left out a complete case), then this is impolite
>     and deserves name calling?
> In isolation, calling something "broken" is not impolite. But I see
> enough mail where the tone is aggressive or unpleasant that it has me
> perpetually on my guard; that's the bigger issue. If this was just an
> isolated use of one phrase, I wouldn't be calling attention to it.
> I understand that your intentions are good, and I am glad for the
> thorough vetting you gave to that code. Just remember that it's easy to
> unintentionally phrase sentences in ways that can be taken as angry or
> hostile.

Hmm. I really don't see anything angry or hostile here, sorry.

(But calling me an arse certainly is, FWIW.)

And I am really surprised you wrote that. I really wouldn't have
expected that from you.

FWIW, I have spent a lot of time with this fncache format and I got
quite a couple of snide remarks about this silly encoding I did. And it
*is* silly, but I didn't see how to do it better.

I had to do that silly encoding. Because I tried to solve some real

Most of the problems are stemming from the Windows platform. Which there
really aren't that many contributors left on this project who care about.

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