Communication on internet forums ...

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  1. Monique

    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    I just saw this XKCD, and it resonated ... mostly because of my own blunders ...

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    Hover text: "But there are seven billion people in the world! I can't possibly stop to consider how ALL of them might interpret something!" "Ah, yes, there's no middle ground between 'taking personal responsibility for the thoughts and feelings of every single person on Earth' and 'covering your eyes and ears and yelling logically correct statements into the void.' That's a very insightful point and not at all inane."
     
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  2. Seldomski

    Seldomski Paralysis by analysis Skier

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    Communication in general is hard.

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  3. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    interpretation is irrelevant. whats right is right because its right, and whats wrong is wrong because its wrong.
     
  4. Seldomski

    Seldomski Paralysis by analysis Skier

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    CalG Getting off the lift Skier

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    "A lack of understanding on your part does not constitute any inadequacy on my part."

    "I know I piss you off from time to time. Please know I'm working on that" ;-)
     
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  6. scott43

    scott43 Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Interwebs is a terrible communication medium for nuance.
     
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    elemmac AKA Lauren Skier

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  8. Magi

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    And yet...

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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    Another of my favorites. Oft quoted in this household.
     
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  10. Tony S

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    "People are mad at me again because they don't read carefully."

    Have to confess I so so so SO relate to that. Josh and you too, I suspect.

    After all, if I didn't want to take the time to write what I mean and mean what I write, I'd just f-ing TALK with people. But we all know how imprecise THAT can be. Jeez, what a cluster conversation is. So little space for polish and revision. Remember that horrible period in human history when mail order effectively became phone order and you had to talk with a human to get your stuff? Thank God e-commerce came along!

    Anyway, Yes. It took me a half hour to write those four sentences. The least you can do is take four minutes rather than four seconds to read them!
     
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    newboots Atop Killington Peak Skier

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    Of course, we have emojis for conveying nuance - a very flawed tool.
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    Pat AKA mustski Out on the slopes Skier

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    And yet here we all are and, as far as I can tell, everybody still likes everybody else. When it comes to communication, a Unknown.jpeg sense of humor helps, I think.
     
  13. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    So does defining an audience and using one's knowledge of that audience to (intentionally) write to their understanding.

    Which, of course, is the middle ground ironically referred to in the hover of the original cartoon.
     
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    Jim McDonald My Sunset View Skier

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    Philpug Enjoying being back on two wheels. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Still one of my favorites.
     
  16. Jim Kenney

    Jim Kenney Travel Correspondent Team Gathermeister Industry Insider

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    This place is Internet Forums 3.0. There are so many fewer trolls and weirdos than years ago. The only people here now are the ones that want to be here and make friends.:golfclap:
     
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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    I thought about posting this in the spelling/grammar thread, but it seemed like a different topic ...
     
  18. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    Taking it back to the original topic, and possibly way beyond, did you spot this over the weekend? The links within the first two paragraphs could all offshoot from this thread.
     
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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    In a head-hurty kind of way!
     
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  20. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    Wear a helmet :P ;)
     
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