SPOILER for _Dragon_...what's up with Vlad, again?

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Mon Feb 17 16:56:53 PST 2003

	[Mark M]
#> My friends and comrades, this is why emoticons are used. In cyberspace,
#> no one can hear your tone of voice or read your facial expression or
#> body language, whether you're saying something or reacting (with a wince
#> or a grin) to something someone else has said. May I ask all present to
#> return their weapons to their sheaths and join me in a glass of Piarran
#> Mist?

	[Philip Hart]
#A participant in the above exchange, I don't think there was any weaponry

To be sure; I was speaking metaphorically and in a style inspired by

#	 - the first response seemed a bit rude, but in a later reply
#(which you've excised) the writer explained why he chose that manner.

I eventually did see that, and I'm glad. I just don't like flamewars,
and I have seen some (too many) discussions devolve into them. I am glad
to see yet again how civil and decent the group on this list generally

#I think emoticons are evil and encourage bad writing.

Any device can be misused.

-- Mark A. Mandel
   a Steven Brust Dragaera fan website

"Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people."