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Subject: Re: I resign the Post as Moderator.

Author: James Robertson

Date: 10:58:24 07/23/99

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On July 23, 1999 at 12:43:56, Bruce Moreland wrote:

>
>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.
>>>>fernando
>>>
>>>Excuse me, I didn't post a single thing on this issue until you mentioned my
>>>name in your suicide mail.
>>>
>>>bruce
>> 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.
>
>bruce

It can also backfire. I remember a few months back someone tried it and was
treated to a bunch of "Good Riddance" posts. :)

James



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