Nettique Everyone Should Adopt
- From: PaPaPeng <PaPaPeng@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 17:12:26 GMT
Comedy of manners
This week two internet pioneers made the case for politeness on the
web. Tim Dowling got there first, but his campaign against invective
left him shocked by what he found
Saturday April 14, 2007
Civility enforced: O'Reilly's draft code
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