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Re: How we talk to each other here

From: Andy Heath <a.k.heath@shu.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 16:55:17 +0100
Message-ID: <3EAFF1E5.7090107@shu.ac.uk>
To: Dona Patrick <patrickd@calib.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

here here.
Thankyou for expressing it so well.
She left already so I cc'ed this to her.

Andy

> Dona -- Please, please, please do NOT give up on the WAI-ig list.
> 
> In my opinion, it is CRITICAL that people with all kinds of backgrounds, 
> expertise,  and expectations participate with the WAI, PARTICULARLY on 
> THIS list.  Please consider those who were less than kind to you to be 
> emotionally disabled.
> 
> Remember, also, that almost everyone has "bad days" that will show up in 
> everything we do if we are not very, very careful.  I sure have those 
> periodically.  I cope with them by hiding out when they occur.  Not 
> everyone is able to or should do that, though.
> 
> Also, there are some on this list who respond in ways that they believe 
> are "very rigorous" and these responses can come across as less than kind.
> 
> I hope that I have never been rude or unkind on any list that I have 
> participated in.  And I believe that it is useful for us all to be 
> periodically reminded of what has any diverse collaboration work 
> effectively.  You remind us all that mutual kindness and tolerance is a 
> critical factor in the success of any collaborative effort. (Congress 
> would do well to have periodic reminders such as yours.)  Thank you and 
> please stay active on the list.  You are needed!
> 
> Bill
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> 
> Dona Patrick wrote:
> 
>> This list has been very helpful in many ways.  Many members are highly 
>> knowledgeable in the field of accessibility and the comments they 
>> provide are usually quite useful.  Of course this is to be expected 
>> from a list run by the W3C.  It is humbling and exciting to see posts 
>> from leaders in the field of web accessibility.
>>
>> I know that many email lists have issues with people being rude and 
>> unkind.  It seems it is simply the nature of lists.  Whenever you have 
>> large groups of people who may never meet each other discussing topics 
>> about which they are passionate, you will have a few who don't seem to 
>> take other people's feelings into consideration when replying.
>>
>> A few days ago I asked a question and received one kind and helpful 
>> response (thank you Al) and two responses that made me decide that I 
>> will never ask this list another question.  I will take my questions 
>> to other lists that I know to be more forgiving.  This morning I read 
>> a message that contained a sentence that was rude and completely 
>> unnecessary.  The world is filled with too much incivility as it is.  
>> One would hope that a list dedicated to helping all people easily use 
>> the World Wide Web would be a kinder place to learn.
>>
>> Thank you to those of you who have been helpful in a civil manner and 
>> thank you to all who have been brave enough to ask questions I have 
>> been wondering about.  I will most likely read the archives from now on.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> Dona Patrick
>>


-- 
andy
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Andy Heath
Sheffield Hallam University
andy@andyheath.org.uk
Received on Wednesday, 30 April 2003 12:01:24 GMT

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