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  1. Egemen
    August 18, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I agree with everything Rooney said. But what about the relationship between a teaching assistant and one of his students? Are similar points valid too? Except they can call the TA by his/her first name but I think they still cannot call something informal like “dude” or “mate”.

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  2. Tyrie
    March 14, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Lighten up, dude 😉

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  3. Chris Wendl
    February 29, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I agree unreservedly with everything except point 2… and while I don’t fundamentally disagree with your point about “HotStudd@hotmail”, I wouldn’t personally expect or insist that my students only e-mail me from their university accounts. I thought differently before I started teaching (around 1999), but that’s because things were different when I was in college. Back then, most people ONLY had their university e-mail address and it was the first one they’d ever had. By the time the millennium ended, that had changed a lot: people get hotmail/yahoo (or nowadays gmail) addresses as teenagers and they keep using them through college because it’s what they’re used to… I’ve met some who never even used their university e-mail accounts at all. Some universities have ways of forcing the issue, e.g. by sending essential administrative e-mails only to those addresses and disabling forwarding… and that’s fine with me, but if the university doesn’t make it a blanket policy, then I don’t feel I have the right to insist on it myself. The reality is that most non-geeks don’t enjoy being forced to learn to use something new and unfamiliar on a computer, at least if there’s no obvious educational benefit to it. For this attitude I have nothing but sympathy.

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