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[Public WebGL] Contributing to the WebGL mailing list

Hi Florian,

Note that this reply is addressed to you, but really goes for anyone.

And for everyone else on the list, I apologise for an off-topic message.

On 22/04/2013, at 5:53 AM, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Mark Callow <callow.mark@artspark.co.jp> wrote:

I have about had it with your attitude on this mailing list.
Drama queen much?

The people on this list want to hear your input because you're often providing extremely useful information. You've demonstrated that you're extremely knowledgeable. I expect that's why you contribute: to help WebGL. If you didn't like/want/enjoy contributing, you wouldn't. 

The problem is that you're encouraging people to stop listening to you by being rude. Now, you might think that is their problem. After all, they should just stop being babies, or fight back, or not take offence, or realise that when you call them stupid that you're smarter/better than them. But the thing that should disappoint you is that you're reducing your own influence. People will really stop listening to you. Maybe you think you don't care about that, but as I said above, you do care, otherwise you wouldn't even bother contributing. There is a difference about caring if people here like/dislike you, and how you yourself feel about the way you spend your time.

You're smart enough to know when you're crossing a line that will upset people. All we're asking is that you don't cross the line. That's something that really influential people know how to do.

BTW, I expect you're going to want to immediately reply to this message, given your pattern of behaviour in other threads. Feel free. You're not going to upset me if you want to be rude or tell me I'm wrong (although I can't speak for others who are clearly already upset at you). Or maybe you'll just think about it and remain silent, or say "I understand and will try to stop being provocative". It's pretty easy. I really want you to keep contributing. I just hope you can do it in a way that benefits both you and us.

PS. If I were to reply to myself, it would be a sarcastic "Thanks Dr Phil!!", but I have no idea how international the venerable Dr McGraw and his "You need to get excited about your life / How's that working out for you?" daytime TV show are.