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12 August 2009 @ 05:40 pm
Hypothetical question (in that the relevant conversation took place probably 10 years ago)  
Suppose someone writes something in a public forum. Anything, it doesn't really matter.

Suppose I respond by saying, "That's kind of ambiguous. I think you mean XYZ, but it could also mean UVW or even RST. Could you clarify, please?"

Suppose the person did mean XYZ.

Is that person justified in saying, "If you understood I meant XYZ, the original statement was not ambiguous and you're just showing off"?
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Johnjohnpalmer on August 12th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well... justification's a funny kind of word.

I can say this: given the situation as described, the person was wrong - you weren't showing off.

But sometimes, even mild not-quite-criticism can flick a person on a raw spot and they can over-react, or misunderstand your intentions. And whether the person is justified in feeling you were showing off, and whether the person was justified in saying that, are more difficult questions to answer.