- Everything’s amplified. Except subtlety.
- Say things you believe are true.
- No one understands; no one cares.
- Never explain yourself.
- Apologize less; think more.
- Avatars aren’t people; people aren’t avatars; “friends” aren’t friends.
- Everyone thinks you’re talking to them. Seriously.
- Distinguish attacks against people from attacks against one person.
- Assume everyone is alone, drunk, and a little heavier than they’d like.
- Never argue in public. Fucking never.
- When in doubt, take it offline.
- Filter, filter.
- Embrace “hypocrisy.” It drives critics crazy.
- Remember who your (real) friends are.
- Remember who you are.
- Remember you can always stop. Anything. Any time.
- Never make lists of rules.
kung fu grippe : indefensible
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A bit bitter, perhaps, but worthwhile to me.
Not, to, errmm, argue, but #2 and #10 are definitely at odds. ;)
I think in the Venn diagram where 2 and 10 overlap, there’s a label that reads ‘take it offline’. :)
*reads list again*
Actually, that spot would be labeled: “#11”.
A bit of significant semantics, based on what little I know of Merlin from his talks:
Argue != debate
Never explain yourself = never do that during an argument, to try to convince the other guy. In an argument, you can’t convince the other guy.
offline = “to a private channel of communication”
You know what, I should make my own translated list.
#9: Depressing cuz true.
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