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First, some comments in response to replies and earlier comments:

Unexplained -- votes are mean. If the objection is that Merlyn's posts are cruel, returning in kind does not help matters.

Some allowances should be made for the fact that people will get upset, vent, and then retract. The handling of the boycott issue is an example--see the update. It may not be completely admirable to vent in public, but it happens. It's happened to me, and it has probably happened to you.

Finally, when you put someone on a pedestal, there's no place to go but down. Respect for someone's knowledge is one thing; having feelings about a person, either respectful or otherwise, without having interacted with the person leads to unwarranted expectations.


Now, some comments in response to the root node:

Just saying 'running with scissors' will not educate anyone (and has the potential to seriously confuse people for whom English is not a first language). It would be more useful to simply say that it is dangerous and include a link to an earlier solution. It's an accepted practice to say <a href="link_to_fm">rtfm</a>. Those who do not learn from this are unlikely to learn from a full copy of the answer, either.

For that matter, if responding to the same issues over and over again is tiresome, don't. There are plenty of people who can do the same thing, and who may even enjoy explaining it. Read the posts that look interesting, and reply to those that intrigue you--you're under no obligation to follow every thread and if you feel that you are perhaps you should consider where this expectation comes from. People who expect you to be the ever-flowing source of answers are mistaken and should learn as soon as possible that you are just another person.


In reply to (kudra: comments to all) RE: running with scissors by kudra
in thread "running with scissors" by merlyn

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