[Tagging] new access value

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Fri Oct 9 23:55:13 UTC 2015

On 09.10.2015 23:44, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Friedrich Volkmann wrote:
>> Contribute something useful, or get a life.
> Please retract that insult, and agree not to post such comments in the
> future, or you will be removed from this list.

What insult? Do you mean me or him? He offended me by writing: "You dont get
it dont you?" - indicating that I am stupid.

Anyway, I don't see a reason why you interfere in this quarrel. It was
already over. Now you are firing it up again. As a moderator, you should
rather calm people down than inflame. And you should use personal messages
instead of public accusation - which always makes someone lose face.

Consider that neither he nor me are native English speakers. We use phrases
according to our dictionaries. I cautiously check whether phrases like "get
a life" may be insulting. I wouldn't use an insult intentionally. But
dictionaries may contain errors.

For the same reason, I think that Nikita (Xxxzme) should not have been
banned from this list. His alleged "strong language" was mainly due to a
lack of language skills. It is a pity that most russians don't participate
in international discussions. With their limited knowledge of the English
language, most of them don't even try. Those who do, get banned. This is
concerning. Deprived of international communication, they make up their own
tagging schemes, and OSM becomes increasingly balkanized.

So when you moderate a group, keep in mind that sometimes less is more.

Friedrich K. Volkmann       http://www.volki.at/
Adr.: Davidgasse 76-80/14/10, 1100 Wien, Austria

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