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Subject: Re: I resign the Post as Moderator.

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 09:43:56 07/23/99

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On July 23, 1999 at 06:35:40, allan johnson wrote:

>On July 22, 1999 at 21:31:04, Bruce Moreland wrote:
>>On July 22, 1999 at 20:20:04, Fernando Villegas wrote:
>>>Bruce, you are becoming unfair beyond limits. I did no inmolate myself, I just
>>>resigned a position and still am here, posting and answering post as ever. You
>>>ask a private quarrel trought emails, but you performed a feat publically in the
>>>very moment you erased a public post. Not fair either. I recomend you not to
>>>give more reasons as that of the police officer job because you are going to
>>>lose ground. Stay calm and happy now that I am out.
>>Excuse me, I didn't post a single thing on this issue until you mentioned my
>>name in your suicide mail.
> Bruce,Bruce;Please, "suicide mail"? This is is hardly the term to use
>regardless  of how angry you are with Fernando.
>Regards Allan

It is a general term for mail that is designed to gain the rhetorical upper hand
by threatening to remove one's self from the population.  There is usually an
outpouring of "please don't go" posts that contain comments pleading that the
suicide-ee not let that bad guy drive you to do this.  And unlike the real
thing, you get to kick back and watch the target try to work their way out from
under a pile of outraged mourners, rather than just imagining it.  And you don't
have to respond anymore since you are "dead".

It is extremely effective.  I don't know if you've ever had it done to you, but
it isn't pleasant.  I hope that by giving this technique a name, people won't do
it as much.


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