Hal Fulton wrote:

> This sort of thing makes up the "noise":
> - endless discussion of dead RCRs
> - demands for a ++ operator
> - endless comparisons to other languages
> - whining because Ruby is different from Java/Perl/Python
> - requests for language features that would make sense
>   only to a Martian on LSD
> - gratuitous references to POLS and duck typing
> - personal attacks
> - saying things in 5,000 words when 50 would do
> - and so on
> 
> And yes, I'm guilty of noise, too.
> 
> Sometimes the signal-to-noise ratio is fairly high. Sometimes
> it is fairly low.
> 
> It's better when it's high.

Agreed: we shouldn't let the attacks get low or the martians get high ;)