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Re: A GNU “social contract”?

From: Brandon Invergo
Subject: Re: A GNU “social contract”?
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:10:17 +0000
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Andreas Enge writes:

> Hello,
> I will reply once more, but it may be the last time in this thread. Please,
> Alexandre and others, if you wish to contribute, stop rambling and come to
> the point, and actually try to stick to a point that is raised and avoid
> going off on lengthy tangents that I (and probably others) have no time
> to read.

Speaking entirely as a reader and not a moderator: agreed.  Finding a
way to make your point in as few words as possible is an essential
skill, but it takes practice.  If you find that you are tending to
produce stream-of-consciousness / free-association style texts, I
encourage you to slow down, figure out the precise "killer points" you
want to make and say the minimum necessary to convey those points.  If
your email is long, don't send it yet.  Chop away at it to remove the
fat so that your real point is unmistakable.

If your text instead simply exhausts your reader, they won't know what
you are even trying to argue.  Then they'll tend to a) get progressively
more annoyed with you and / or b) start to outright ignore your


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