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Date:         Mon, 26 Jun 2000 11:26:46 -0600
Reply-To:     Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject:      Re: Newbies too lazy to read manuals -- was ==> Re: converting
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"John Iwaniszek" <jiwaniszek@NC.RR.COM> wrote:

>If you do not want to help this young lady

I believe you are speaking beyond the limits of your data.

>then keep your mouths shut

Not exactly a polite way to put it.

>and let people who do respond. > >This attitude is intolerable in an intellectual community such as ours >and it is certainly unprofessional,

From what I've read, it's pretty much the standard in mathematics. Blood feuds aren't uncommon in other fields, either - remember the biologist who decided to name a new discovery after one of his professional opponents? It was a type of louse found on a skunk.

>not to mention inhumane.


>This is the most important part of what I have to say: These two or >three individuals are not representative of the majority of participants >in this forum. If you receive a message in response to a question that >is less than polite you should not feel that you are at fault or have >some how trangressed.

Probably not. On the other hand, you shouldn't completely eliminate the possibility that the original question was in some way offensive - that does happen, you know.

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