Yet Another Boring Discussion About The CoC

Patton Echols p.echols at
Tue Jan 5 08:35:49 UTC 2010

On 01/04/2010 10:20 AM, Robert Holtzman wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 04, 2010 at 04:01:15PM +0100, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:
>> On Mon, January 4, 2010 06:26, Robert Holtzman wrote:
>>> On Sun, 3 Jan 2010, Odd wrote:
>>>> RobertHoltzman wrote:
>>>>> Small quibble: if you want to get technical that's a request not an
>>>>> imperative.
>>>> Small quibble: where did he say it wasn't a request?
>>> Nowhere, but a request isn't a requirement.
>> Contrary to popular belief, Ubuntu is not a democracy but a meritocracy,
>> with Mark Shuttleworth as the SABDFL (Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator
>> for Life).
>> If Mark Shuttleworth requests something, you'd better interpret it as an
>> imperative.
> No, *I* hadn't better do anything. As far as I'm concerned dictators,
> benevolent or otherwise, can stick it where the sun don't shine. 
Easily said when the "dictator" in question choses inaction. 

I once had the opportunity to read the transcript of a federal court 
proceeding where a party loudly and rudely complained that the judge had 
no jurisdiction over said party, and that "you (the judge) have no power 
to do anything to me, this proceeding is totally illegal . . ."  The 
Judge asked once, nicely, for the loudmouth to sit down and shut up.  
Then had the marshal handcuff said loudmouth and remove him to a quiet 
room for a weekend of "timeout" as a guest of the government. 

Similarly, Sadam Hussein told the Iraqi court that said court was 
illegal . . . remember what happened to him?

I do not suggest that incivility on this list compares in any way to the 
examples.  Only that thumbing one's nose at authority only works as long 
as the authority ignores you. 



PS to Karl, quite right, this is probably OT  ;-D

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