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jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: November 18th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I fear - and consider it an informed fear worth worrying about - that every post, and every comment, I make is wrong, or a mistake, somehow. You are not alone.

There's a quote that I'm going to mangle that runs along the lines of "If ((humanity)) waited long enough to do anything so that no ((human)) could find fault with it, nothing would ever get done", and part of me feels that that has to be the spirit in going ahead and making imperfect but better-than-nothing contributions, give or take a bit of doubt over the anthropocentricity.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 18th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
If ((humanity)) waited long enough to do anything so that no ((human)) could find fault with it, nothing would ever get done

Yes -- I tend to articulate that as "don't let the best be the enemy of the good" ... but in the case of LJ posts/comments it's not so much worrying about some hypothetical fault-finding or imperfections that will make me feel inadequate, it's more worrying about the actual verbal kicking I'm going to get from real people on the internet. I can live with "that post wasn't as good as it could have been" or "I didn't say that very clearly, sorry, let me try again", but flamewars upset me (and saying "please can we stop this, you're upsetting me" is always interpreted as "I know I'm wrong but I'm too proud to admit it so please kick me some more until I confess"). :-(

I'm not sure what you mean about the anthropocentricity -- I strongly suspect that humans are the only creatures daft enough to faff about worrying about stuff like this! :-}
From: rmc28 Date: November 18th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a whole queue of posts I've half-written in my head (and in one or two places written down) and I can't bear to post them because people will shout at me.

So, it's not just you.
pjc50 From: pjc50 Date: November 18th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too. There's plenty of half-formed ideas which feel important but are just too flammable to discuss easily on the internet. :(
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