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Ronald A Ward

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etiquette on the net
Posted: Jul 21, 1995 7:24 PM
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I've been thinking some more about the recent comments about the lack of
etiquette on the NCTM-l. I wonder if the situation isn't somewhat
analogous to driving. When you use the public roads, you encounter road
hogs, tail gaters, people who refuse to dim their lights, those who
refuse to yield the right of way when entering a highway (or those who
won't move over when possible to make room for entering traffic), drivers
who block intersections, who refuse to slow down in work areas, etc. Why
should we be surprised when we encounter the same kind of behavior on the

It is interesting to think about how you respond to such situations in
traffic and then compare those to recent suggestions on the net, but I
won't use the space to do it.

[Also, if you think about the suggestion to voluntarily restrict the
number of postings per day (or perhaps per week if that permits more
flexibility), which may be worthy of consideration, why would you expect
the "garbage posters" to abide by that restriction when they have so
clearly violated other polite social expectations?]

Just a late Friday afternoon thought. :)

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225

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