[Twisted-Python] more on IRC frustration
glyph at twistedmatrix.com
Tue Sep 30 13:34:15 EDT 2003
Mentioning IRC frustrations in my message to paul reminded me of something.
There is one stylistic hint in particular I'd like to point out, because
it causes the most misunderstanding, and it seems as though it may be
particular to our peculiar IRC subculture. If you're in #twisted and
somebody says something like this:
<usr> Hi there! I am a user with a proble integrating widgets and
frobules, and there seems to be a problem with version 2.5-X of Twisted.
<dev> i guess you are just an idiot then! haha idiot
Though I seriously doubt such a straightforwardly hostile exchange would
occur, watch the punctuation in the #twisted regular's phrase. If it
follows the pattern
<dev> sentence with no punctuation! additional sentence
it is most likely intended as sarcasm, whereas if it is phrased with
mroe conventional grammar and punctuation,
<dev> I guess you're just an idiot, then. Heh. Idiot.
Then you should really be offended :-). Other cues of sarcasm include
use of the word "r" (for "are"), "si" (for "is"), and "teh" (for "the")
We rarely make those typos unintentionally.
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