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Re: More metaproblem

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: More metaproblem
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 12:58:46 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Eric S. Raymond" <address@hidden> writes:

> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>:
>> I challenge you to ask and then post the results here, including
>> similar results for other Free Software projects.
> Wow.  You are truly a *master* of subtle obstructionism. The second
> clause in that sentence was a work of art, leaving you wiggle room to
> disregard any survey numbers I might to bring back on grounds of
> insufficient breadth of sample. And camouflaging this maneuver as an
> appeal to scientific objectivity - genius, sheer genius!
> Why, if I were a more naive person, I might have immediately gone
> beavering off to #emacs, collected several hundred expressions of
> frustration, and brought them back here only to have them
> high-handedly dismissed.
> That general tactic of "I will disregard you until you put in an
> amount of work I have pre-defined to be effectively impossible",
> yes. An old favorite on this list, a hardy perennial.  Very effective
> for resisting any kind of innovation.
> This is how Emacs dies.  Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

More like the way in which this thread dies.  In a large billow of
smokescreen masking a non-glamorous exit.

Let me quote Lichtenberg: "Ein Buch ist ein Spiegel: wenn ein Affe
hineinsieht, so kann kein Apostel herausgucken." (a book is a mirror:
when a monkey gazes into it, no apostle will be looking back from it).

You'll find that this aphorism is somewhat applicable to the hostility
of mailing lists.

David Kastrup

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