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Fri, 04 May 2007
It's become trendy in the last few years for kernel people to start emails with "NAK" (ie. I oppose your patch going in). It's usually followed by reasons (although the first time I saw it was in the classic on-liner "NAK" from Al Viro), but it's still an absolutely horrible thing to say.
Tone-wise, it's the equivalent of "fuck you", with the added bonus of being a power trip for the person who says it (I can stop your code going in! I'm so leet!).
You're delivering bad news to someone; a couple of words can really make it easier for them to digest it. I suggest the following alternatives:
Personally, I've started putting "Hi XXX," as the first line of my posts when I'm going to argue. It's semantically null, but it helps keep a friendly tone. I don't know if it helps for other people, but it definitely helps when I get a mail starting "Hi Rusty,".
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