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It's hard to put email and blog posts into human context. What seems abrasive in text only mediums, may not even seem remotely abrasive in real life where we can see body language, facial expressions, etc. Even text as straight forward as "Fuck you! I quit" may just be a joke directed at folks that get it. But outsiders read it and immediately think, "wow, that guy is not nice" when in actuality he's just goofing-off with others that 'get it'. Long story short, I'd have to meet the guy several times and hang out with him in person before I could pass any sort of judgment and I think other smart HR/mgrs would agree. He would not be immediately ruled-out because his online comments seem offensive.

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