Thin skins [Was: Restoration technique [Was: Re: Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000]]

Sean Caron scaron at
Thu Jan 15 10:34:05 CST 2015

You nailed it. Thank you for understanding.



On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Mouse <mouse at> wrote:

> > What Jay said: [...]
> > And for newcomers he offered some background [...]
> > At least that's what I read; where did you read anything like what
> > you're replying to below?
> I have a suspicion I may have some idea what happened.
> I don't for a moment think this is what Jay intended.  But what he
> wrote did strike me as being rather like "my server is bigger than your
> server, so shut up" - that is to say, while I've been here long enough
> to know that is (shall we say) extremely unlikely to be what Jay meant,
> the text was rather like what would have resulted if that _had_ been
> what he'd meant, and most of the differences were things Jay didn't
> say.  And a lot of people find it hard to notice unsaid things.
> So, while Jay didn't outright say (and, I repeat, I don't believe he
> meant) anything like any of
> > ... "Jay's the only person allowed to respond" ??
> > ... "everything you are running is a joke, waste of time" ??
> > ... "personal attack against me and my level of skill" ??
> > ... "I will leave if asked" ??
> I have no trouble seeing how someone new(ish) to the list could read
> any or all of those as subtext below what Jay did write.
> > Where does this come from?
> I don't know.  I speculate that it comes from having been on the net
> long enough to have run into plenty of cases of "well _my_ $THING is
> $BETTER than _your_ $THING" (which are depressingly common) and
> developed reflexive reactions to them, combined with not having been
> here long enough to have learnt that that's not something Jay would
> say.  Or maybe even just having been tired or stressed enough to have
> failed to suppress the reflexive reaction.
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