Re: Linguistic survey on ubuntuforums.org
I notice that when I'm reading emails or posts, I tend to imagine the tone of voice that the poster would be using. Of course, I don't know what the poster would sound like, so I have to make something up. If the post seems hostile to me, then I'm likely to imagine the sarcastic tones of one of my parents. That then colours the meaning I take from it.
And it's all got little to do with how I would be hearing the poster if he/she were in the same room. No wonder misunderstanding arises!
Please, people, remember to BACKUP before you install that new system. Same if you're upgrading.