The Right Approach to Exceptions

Regan Heath regan at
Wed Feb 22 08:09:22 PST 2012

On Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:19:17 -0000, Andrei Alexandrescu  
<SeeWebsiteForEmail at> wrote:

> On 2/21/12 5:55 AM, Regan Heath wrote:
>> On Sun, 19 Feb 2012 23:04:59 -0000, Andrei Alexandrescu
>> <SeeWebsiteForEmail at> wrote:
>>> On 2/19/12 4:00 PM, Nick Sabalausky wrote:
>>>> Seriously, how is this not *already* crystal-clear? I feel as if
>>>> every few
>>>> weeks you're just coming up with deliberately random shit to argue so
>>>> the
>>>> rest of us have to waste our time spelling out the obvious in insanely
>>>> pedantic detail.
>>> It sometimes happened to me to be reach the hypothesis that my
>>> interlocutor must be some idiot. Most often I was missing something.
>> I get the impression that you find "Devil's advocate" a useful tool for
>> generating debate and out of the box thinking.. there is something to be
>> said for that, but it's probably less annoying to some if you're clear
>> about that from the beginning. :p
> Where did it seem I was playing devil's advocate? Thanks.

"Devil's Advocate" is perhaps not the right term, as you don't seem to  
ever argue the opposite to what you believe.  But, it occasionally seems  
to me that you imply ignorance on your part, in order to draw more  
information from other posters on exactly what they think or are  
proposing.  So, some get frustrated as they feel they have to explain  
"everything" to you (and not just you, there have been times where - for  
whatever reason - it seems that anything less than a description of every  
single minute detail results in a miss understanding - no doubt partly due  
to the medium in which we are communicating).


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