The 8 stages of e-mail threads

The 8 stages of an e-mail thread (from IRC):
  1. Semi-plausible claim
  2. Several pokes, one of which might be right
  3. Several more semi-plausible claims
  4. Someone who knows from whence they speak weighs in
  5. Several "That's counter-intuitive" statements
  6. Pissing contest over what's correct vs what's intuitive
  7. Personal attacks
  8. Hitler
Greg also mentioned this fine link, which describes [mailing list threads in detail](http://kitenet.net/~joey/blog/entry/thread_patterns/).

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