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The PDF's metadata and the Internet Archive Wayback Machine say that this item (available via http://www.sirc.org/publik/flirt.html) originated thirteen years ago. Surely we readers of Hacker News don't fit the "awkward geek" stereotype that well?!

There is a newer "advanced" guide: http://www.sirc.org/publik/advanced_flirting.shtml

> There is a newer "advanced" guide: http://www.sirc.org/publik/advanced_flirting.shtml

Note that the "advanced" guide almost doesn't have any of the HOWTO advice from the OP link, however I've read and would recommend to read both: the "advanced" guide helps put things in perspective.

Also, I think the following quote from the "advanced" version is brilliant:

The human species is addicted to rule-making. Every human activity, without exception, including natural biological functions such as eating and sex, is hedged about with complex sets of rules and regulations, dictating where, when, with whom and what manner the activity may be performed. Animals just do these things; humans make an almighty song and dance about it: this is known as 'culture' or 'civilization'.

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