On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Doug Tucker <tuckerd at engr.smu.edu> wrote: > "It's not that hard" would have gotten you b**ch slapped even with a > smile on your face in person. Just stick to polite, it's not that > hard :D. > snicker.... > Bad thing about email, it's hard to grasp tongue in cheek humor and tone > isn't it? Didn't you see my <bfg> at the end of my response? > Actually, I wasn't sure what that was.... I just googled "BFG" and got BF Goodrich, BFG Tech, Big F**king Gun and Big Friendly Giant, but I'm guessing you meant Big Fat Grin (or some other F* word :-). Seriously, though, I try to read email as if it had no tone (unless the language or emoticons make it abundantly clear) and always, always take a deep breath before I respond - shot myself in the foot enough times to remember a few of them when I want to blast off. I also try to proof the responses, and frequently delete them so I can wait a while before I write anything. But, technically, since we're writing and not speaking, it's all tongue-in-cheek, isn't it? ;^) > Do you honestly, like having to scroll down with the rolly thing on your > mouse 9 times to get to the reply only to find it is not something you > cared to read? I say toss it at the top in my face where I can ignore > it with less effort. > I'll let others handle the arguments here - I just try to go with the flow, and I can read it either way. I will admit, though, that some of the posts here contain WAY too much back-data. Edit, edit, edit! 'nuff said! >;^))) mhr > BFG! YEAH!