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You seem to approve of in-your-face bluntness in communication, so I've given it to you, here.

What we want, merlyn, is a little more helpfulness and a little less ego. We all know you are the perl god. You do not need to go around giving font +4's, and terse, ridiculing responses to get us to respect you.

Here are some examples of terseness, name-calling and rudeness:

You have our respect, merlyn. What we want is your participation in the community. Posts like "Running with Scissors" serve to distance you from us mere mortals. Why you feel the need to belittle people and bludgeon us with your prestige, I simply do not understand.

You are a respected, admired member of the perl elite. You don't need to knock anyone down to secure your lofty place. You already have it.

Now, on a more positive note: you are capable of some truly enjoyable posts.

Fundamentally, we want you to stop trying to build respect you already have, at the expense of other users. "Running with scissors" is frighteningly arrogant. Your proposed policy of making useless, pejorative posts just to "give (you) piece of mind," without the common decency to consider "details" and "nicey-nice"ness shocked me.

You said:

If there's something I'm not getting, you need to tell me.
Please accept this as the "email or something" response. When you criticize someone's code, do you want them to stomp away and pout? Then don't stop "posting any more public messages." Someone voted you down; take it in the spirit intended (just as you would have someone accept any of your critique) and become an even better person because of it.

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