Yesterday I did a bad thing. I was trying to raise awareness of the data standards discussions occurring on the RETS-dev list, and it didn’t go over very well. I was too general when I summarized the discussions with “those for . . .” and “those against . . . ” My intent was to set out the extreme positions succinctly for clarity to an audience unfamiliar with the details of the discussions, but what was made clear to me later is that the details are very important and broad categorizations can be offensive. As one person put it, using a blog to summarize dozens of e-mails from a discussion that has years of history is “weird” and even “righteous.” Ouch. Lesson learned.