Dear Mister AWWoS,
I can see, like many others newpapaers in the
past about AW, you couldn't refrain from addressing the problem of courtesy
On the other hand the devilish side of human
nature (you know, what brings spicy fun to life..) helps so people have
less problems to find understandable, universal rude and offensive expressions.
So, is there any clue finally? Yes, if we
accept to go back to the starting point. Where does the problem come from
(Please, notice I consider here AW shares the aims of the internet so to simplify the debate, but this would need to be demonstrated).
One characteristic of the internet is to
benefit from tremendous progresses in softwares. We could then imagine
the management of "courtesies" could be helped by some data base software,
a useful tool to learn while practicing.
(and the software would put equal numbers of parenthesis both sides without having to worry about it).
Still more!! You know offense may come from
misunderstanding without using foul language.
" Hi sweetie!! You look great!! Hey! What's up?"
" Beg your pardon, Madam, looking at my flies gives you a trivial image of my sentiments, may we change the topic?"
I let you imagine the rest of the dialogue. A disaster.
The software could then analyse the chat and find the appropriate answer for you. And this would allow us to chat while quietly building!! End of the rude silences.
You think all this is fantasy? Not sure.
Isn't it where we go with bots talking or welcoming for us?
First of all, we atAWWoS, would like to thank you for your courteous reaction, from which we derive a true and warm concern on the matter of courtesy. We agree on almost every detail of your letter. We think however you under-estimate our readers by saying the most of them couldn't master the presented "free to follow" guidelines. But besides that....... all you mention is true, too true in some aspects.
Now, as far as knowledge of english is concerned, there are enough examples in AW of ppl having a native language that differs from english that master it enough to express themselves in a courteous matter. Ergo : the ideal situation (i know..... ideal) would be that if a user detects the lack of knowledge of english, that the detecting user tries to put him/herself in the other ones shoes.So, when the people in your example both are courteous, the lady would immediately understand that her conversation partner doesn't intend to be cold, but actually trying his best to be courteous and respectful.
We would like to emphasis that this series on AW-tiquette is not a law book. Indeed this is the internet. Everyone is free to accept and adopt some, none or all of the advice in those articles and in that respect it shouldn't kill diversity....
As for your idea of writing "rules" for bots,
it really kicked us off our socks (meaning that the whole AWWoS team was
very enthusiastic). Some of our reporters even wear orange socks now (an
expression of the devilish side of human nature). Feel free to send in
your ideas on that. In fact we would back you if you were to start up a
project to actually build such software. It might be included in
Finally, we don't seem to disagree on the basic issue here. We're just looking for different ways in the same direction :).
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