Why make an ASSUMPTION about someone's intent?
January 7, 2004 11:14 AM Subscribe
It's common knowledge that written text lacks some of the communications cues used in speech, like intonation and body-language. So we all know that it's easy to make a false assumption about someone's intended meaning. Yet I see constant flame wars breaking out on the MeFi sites because two people interpret the the *subtext* of a post in two totally different ways. My question is, why make an ASSUMPTION about someone's intent? And if you do make an assumption, why make a negative assumption? If you think it might be intended as an insult, why not ask (via email preferably) the writer about his intent BEFORE posting a nasty retort? [more inside.]