What plant it is? .....1/1 bmp

#gondwana gondwana at ix.netcom.com
Wed Oct 1 13:37:05 EST 1997

In response to a plant ID question (accompanied by a long, attached,
bitmap file), the following responses were made:


Spam Loser wrote:
>Can I get in first, ahead of Alan?
> ***Please do not post binaries in this newsgroup***
> You didn't even have the courtesy to compress it into a jpeg, and many
> of us here had to *pay* to download it, without being asked.


Mick Collins wrote:
>   And this news group never wants to hear from you again!  Go away
> and learn some manners.
>  - -
>     Cheers - Mick


Why don't we all just put the hapless Juan Carlos (the original post's
author) up against these newsgroups' collective bullet-pocked walls, and
shoot him! Maybe we should virtually disembowel him as well?

Good heavens. Are we to believe from these reactions that Juan Carlos
has stayed up nights, plotting his nefarious mischief, in his ruthless,
bloodthirsty campaign for cyber-global domination? Or (dare I say it?)
could it be, instead, that the poor man stumbled into an unfamiliar
medium and made a mistake, a mere inadvertent error? I tremble at
suggesting even the possibility that this might be the case, lest the
crowd with the rope, bloodshot eyes and stiff upper lip turn on me as
well. In fact, the instant I hit the "Send Now" button, I suppose their
baleful eye will already be upon me. But my hope remains that the
majority of thoughtful people would agree that this was only an honest
mistake (I haven't seen Juan Carlos do this before in the various
newsgroups I scan), and that therefore asterisks, exile, exclamation
marks, or even the guillotine are unnecessary. Instead, manners and good
conduct might best be served by a discreet, private email to Juan
Carlos, letting him know he put his foot in it, and that he should avoid
doing so in the future if he wishes to be spared the wrath of the
gleeful disciplinarians in shiny boots and snappy salutes, who so
vigorously patrol the hallowed halls of usenetdom.

I had better don my asbestos suit --- the flames approach.

Dave Deutsch

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