Dave wrote:In some cultures, the use of quotes in the way they were used reads as extreme sarcasm. I can see that it wasn't intended as sarcasm but as clarification and explanation, but I can also see how if someone took it as sarcasm they might be very offended at what they saw as your superiority and preachiness. Things you never intended.
We're a very diverse bunch. Sometimes unintended trip-ups like this will happen.
I asked Ralf about his reasons and I don't think it was targetted at one particular person, rather a more general thing.
Must admit, I've often found over the years on the QL scene that to get a straight answer it helps to introduce a deliberate mistake into your question - QL users (and it's true on other forums to varying extent, probably human nature) tend to be readier to reply if they can correct a mistake and/or put someone down. In other words, people can be readier to find fault than to share information (and before anyone jumps to a conclusion, definitely not aimed at anyone in this conversation about the Magnetic Scrolls tapes).
In my case, on this occasion (my question about CHAN_F), the error in my question was accidental and the reply genuinely helpful from Marcel as always, but it doesn't always work like that, unfortunately.
(I will now go to put my suit of armour on before I get roasted over this opinion).