[Pw_forum] PWSCF Netiquette: Please use some form of name / affiliation

Konstantin Kudin konstantin_kudin at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 25 18:11:31 CEST 2006

--- Axel Kohlmeyer <akohlmey at cmm.upenn.edu> wrote:

> On 8/24/06, Nicola Marzari <marzari at mit.edu> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Dear All,
> >
> >
> > a modest proposal - it would be great if people were to identify
> > themselves more explictly in these postings. This helps a lot in
> > understanding the user base, the environment, and just in getting
> to
> > know you personally.
> seconded.

 I disagree with this proposal. It seems that the choice of whether to
reveal one's affiliation or not should definitely be with the poster,
as it has been so far.

 In my view, if the points raised in a given posting are valid, then
those can be considered on their own merit without any knowledge of the
poster's affiliation (or even real name). After all, we all gain from
the improved understanding of the different aspects of our

 Alternatively, if a posting shows that there is little background in
the field, then again affiliation is not really necessary, since
generic pointers (such as "read the Solid State by xyz") do not require
any idea about user's background.


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