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I think maybe people need to remember that although we are all speaking the same language we use 
the words in different ways!
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From: "Tom Davies" <tomdavies04@yahoo.co.uk>
To: documentation@libreoffice.org
Sent: Thursday, 13 January, 2011 12:39:29 GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / 
Vienna
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-documentation] !politeness

Quite.  English people are often seen as being very rude too.  

I have certainly been quite rude to quite a number of good  people in here but 
not received any criticism for it yet.  I try to mitigate my rudeness by 
sometimes giving congrats where it's due but it would be better if i avoided 
"knee-jerk" responses and took some time to consider my posts before making 
them.

Hey, great news about the new release candidate! :)
Good luck and regards to all from
Tom :)





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From: Jean Hollis Weber <jeanweber@gmail.com>
To: documentation@libreoffice.org
Sent: Thu, 13 January, 2011 9:41:17
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-documentation] !politeness

"Politeness" is also a function of culture. What one group of people
consider to be polite may seem quite rude to others.

Email is a notoriously difficult medium in which to indicate "tone" in
one's speech, especially when combined with the cultural differences.
For example, David's use of lots of smileys often "sounds" to me like he
is being condescending, or smirking. I know that's not what he intends,
but it does often "sound" that way.

Some of us (including some people from some parts of America) have more
abrupt methods of speaking, or different turns of phrase, with fewer of
the sorts of phrases that Brits and some others consider important
indicators of politeness. We are not deliberately being rude, but we
often sound that way to others. Trust me, if one of us wants to be rude,
you ain't heard nothin' yet.

--Jean


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