[LGM] Denouement

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Thu Apr 25 17:10:15 PDT 2013

On 04/25/2013 05:48 PM, María Leandro wrote:
> Hello.
> To be honest, I think that yes, language used in the list should be 
> moderated, however, kicking people off doesn't show that we are trying 
> to change things.
> Can you guys talk this in a different moment/place so we all can just 
> keep focusing on organizing a good event?
This sounds a bit like the ostrich approach.

Let me just say, now that I've have others defending my honor, so to 
speak, that I don't think that some (hopefully brief) discussions about 
the decorum of a list are ever off topic, since they can establish some 
boundaries of discourse for all to be aware of. I won't address any of 
the prior issues since when things degenerate to something bordering on 
if not actually representing ad hominem arguments, there is no room for 
intelligent discussion.

Personally I was neither wounded nor severely offended. 150 years ago 
this might have led to pistols at dawn, but I think we've considerably 
progressed since then.

À propos to this, an article in the most recent Harvard Business Review, 
entitled "Creating the Best Workplace on Earth" listed among the 
elements which create a "Dream Company" were "we're all encouraged to 
express our differences" and "passion is encouraged, even when it leads 
to conflict."


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