What Should Not Need Explaining, and Other Notes

Discussion in 'SF Open Government' started by Tiassa, May 9, 2023.

  1. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Valued Senior Member

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    DIS095-001: When Another Is Wrong

    A very basic principle, and at this point its not even hundred-level, but remedial:

    • That another person is wrong does not automatically mean you are correct.

    Who needs this one explained?

    Because it has an obvious implication:

    • That another person is wrong does not license anyone else's error or impropriety.

    And that, really, is not so difficult.

    But it is inconvenient; that much is easy enough to acknowledge. That is also why something so obvious, like this, needs to be explained.

    Which, in turn, can be problematic: It is hard to know what to tell someone if they cannot explain what confuses them.
     
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    DIS095-002: When you are wrong

    Another basic principle: what is the right thing to do when you are wrong? Here are a few things, which should not need explaining:
    1. Admit that you're wrong.
    2. Learn from your error.
    3. Don't make the same mistake again.
    4. Apologise to anybody who was adversely affected as a result of your error or your insistence that you were right when in fact you were wrong.
    Again, it turns out that lots of people find following these steps to be inconvenient. Which is why something so obvious, like this, needs to be explained.

    (I can see that this thread is going to be very useful! Thanks, Tiassa!)
     
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