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Re: Advocacy


Actually, I assumed it was out of your control. It seems it's usually in correspondence from employees of financial service industry firms that these disclaimers appear.

Does your corporate firewall block all attempts to connect to SMTP servers (based on port number, I suppose) from internal hosts? If not, you could use your personal ISP to send mail, right?

I suppose it's out of the question that technical employees (as opposed to your financial and investment consultants and analysts) be subject to different mail handling criteria?

Randall Schulz

At 08:53 2003-03-03, Sheridan, David wrote:
I'm saddened to have to post this. After submitting a bug report (complete
with source code fix) about rsync, I've now been flamed by various members
of the list for having a disclaimer at the bottom of my e-mails. The flames
I received were thoroughly sarcastic and accusatory, and suggested that I
should not post to the list.

At my place of work, access to free e-mail websites is blocked, so the only
e-mail I can send is via my official account. This adds the disclaimer you
see at the bottom. I can't prevent that. You can ignore it very easily, and
delete this message if the disclaimer offends you. No, I don't mention you
by name but yes, you are an intended recipient of the message.

After receiving this abuse from list members, I'm unlikely to contribute
anything further to cygwin, and will not report further bugs. If this is the
behaviour the cygwin developers wish to encourage, you need to do nothing
further. If you think it's a shame, please encourage the list members to
read up on advocacy. This is exactly the reason that open source is having a
hard time being adopted widely by the commercial world.

My apologies if the disclaimer in this message has caused you any anguish.
Any trolling replies will be deleted. Anyone with serious comments is
encouraged to reply to this address, since as you may have guessed I'm not
subscribed to the list.


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