Release schedule plans

Shane H. W. Travis travis at
Tue Jan 11 23:44:09 UTC 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Vlad Dascalu wrote:

> The important thing is to learn how to receive a message, because in this
> way we'll end up invulnerable to every sender.

Vlad, respectfully, I disagree.

Since you want to talk about it in computer terms... if a message is
garbled -- full of noise and insignificant information -- then it is not up
to the receiver to try and find the signal in there; it is up to the sender
to try and clean up the message until it is clearly understood.

> Learning senders how to behave is still important, but it doesn't make the
> network bullet-proof to the first non-compliant sender.

See, that's the thing. We shouldn't have to be bulletproof *from each
other*. We're all in this together. You may honestly have the intentions of
trying to 'trying to make everyone better', but I believe that I'm about the
fourth or fifth person now to tell you that HOW you are conveying your
message is interfering with the message itself. Your signal -- the good
parts of your message -- are having a harder time getting through because of
all the noise -- the emotion and negativity.

If you start swinging a baseball bat around, and someone gets hurt, then the
fault is not theirs for failing to have a thick enough head.  Furthermore,
if you continue to swing the bat around after people ask you repeatedly to
stop, then people are going to start avoiding you because you're painful and
dangerous to be around.

Shane H.W. Travis       | The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing
travis at    |  because you can only do a little.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan |   Do what you can.  -- Sydney Smith

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