Posted on Fri 12 August 2016

getting the last word in

The value of getting the last word in is rarely positive.

I have engaged in a number of email threads which roughly follow this pattern:

POI (Person on the Internet): Technical thing, technical-political thing, wrong technical thing.

Me: Actually wrong technical thing is wrong; have you tried right technical thing?

POI: Right technical thing works; technical-political thing.

At this point I have the option of continuing the conversation… but note that I have not been asked a question. Nobody has been asked a question, really.

It’s a good point to stop – especially if I disagree with technical-political thing.

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