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Re: Invitation to connect on LinkedIn

From: James Bailey
Subject: Re: Invitation to connect on LinkedIn
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:14:35 +0100

On Dec 30, 2010, at 8:59 AM, David Kastrup wrote:
> What's up with the recent bout of "social networking" address
> harvesters?  Are there real persons stupid enough to send "invitations"
> to all their contacts including mailing lists?  If so, one really should
> pull their internet licenses.
> -- 
> David Kastrup

I find this comment completely inappropriate. It's fine if you think it. It's 
fine to share this thought with your friends. But to attempt to 
passive-aggressively insult someone because you don't agree with something 
they've done, about something which is at best unimportant, and at worst 
annoying is extremely poor form. What dialogue do you hope to have arise out of 
this discussion? If you want to say, "I think a linkedin invitation to everyone 
on the mailing list is inappropriate" then do so, publicly or privately. But 
insults are as insulting to the person who makes a baseless one as to the 
person being insulted.

In the future, if you think something is inappropriate, say so. Don't iinsult 
someone because you think something they've done is inappropriate, that's just 

In other words:

Anyone who's lived to an age where they can communicate via email and hasn't 
learned, "if you don't have something constructive to say, don't say anything 
at all" needs to go back to kindergarten and learn how to play with the other 

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