Draft Rule 20211115a

From RobLa

Demonstrate your kindness and generosity before demonstrating your intelligence.

Explanation[edit | edit source]

This rule was inspired by Forest Simmons' email to EM-list). [1] Here's what Forest wrote:

From: Forest Simmons
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 14:09:18 -0800
Subject: Re: [EM] Bill of Responsibilities (or Code of Conduct)
To: Rob Lanphier
Cc: EM-list

Nine great rules of courtesy!

Here's another one already implicit in those nine (one I need to improve on) ... cultivate newbies and shy lurkers by not assuming readers know all of the obscure abbreviations ... e.g. Universal Domain (UD) ... even if already defined in a recent previous message of the same thread.

Or at least apologize for being in a hurry and acknowledge the need for more clarification when you get the time and energy.

Explain things in the same way you appreciated others explaining when you were new.

Refrain from answering, "I already explained that ..."

User:RobLa's paraphrasing of Forest's point may be a bit too paraphrase-y. But User:RobLa is trying to generalize this by pointing out that jargon, acronyms, and initialisms in public conversations are frequently used as a means of publicly identifying someone as part of the "outgroup".

Regardless, Forest's request that folks refrain from saying "I already explained that ..." is what this rule is about.

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