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It was not ad hominem. It was a indirect critique of the value of the
answer provided.

Ad hominem would be if I called him ugly.
On Jan 9, 2009, at 6:34 PM, Doug Cutting wrote:

robert engels wrote:
Can something be offensive if its a statement of fact ? If you
believe
it is (under definition #3), then his remarks to me were just as
offensive - as they caused me much displeasure and resentment. So
please dress him down as well.
His comments were on-topic. The topic of this list is Lucene, not
its contributors or users. As I said before, ad hominem remarks
are not acceptable. We do not demand that everyone equally
understand every issue, otherwise there would be little to discuss.

Some folks may find some things offensive. There's often little we
can do about that. It's certainly no excuse to start making ad
hominem statements. An important technique here is to respond to
things you find offensive in a polite manner, or not at all.

Thanks,

Doug

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