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Personally, I feel the difference is in the writing style for the medium. For instance, while a critic might remark on how 'this is such a poor recommendation that it should inspire outrage in a security-conscious developer', someone writing a comment on the Internet may use 'this makes me feel like screaming'. The language is less 'refined' and seemingly more direct though it's really saying the same (appropriate for the medium).

My hypothesis is that people expect text that has no obvious signs of being an Internet comment to use the more 'serious' language and this case (an Internet comment that is a bit longer than usual) is being classified wrongly as a result.




Yes, I think this is something that his happening here. It's at least partially my fault, because once I had to pull the review into Gist, it was easy to post it on Twitter too, and so it took on a life I hadn't anticipated for it.


I don't think you're at fault for anything. There's nothing inappropriate in your review.

It's ridiculous to simultaneously say that a piece of writing devoid of context is being classified in a certain way and to say that it contains that's inappropriate for that classification.

The mere presence of phrases like "I am not making this up" tells you that this piece is not intended to be too serious. To say that it's intended seriously but contains non-serious language is a flat-out contradiction.

It could make sense if it was published in some context, like a serious blog or a news site or something, which implied seriousness. But it's a naked text file on the internet. It doesn't have to take a serious tone.




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