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A Complaint

I have been misquoted yet again by The Tech (“Matchup Participants File Many Complaints”, 18 April 2003).

As is clear from the humorous context of the zephyr discussion that was quoted, I was concerned about the potential for abuse by the organizer of the Matchup system. Why did you not try to contact me via e-mail to verify my statement or ask permission before publishing something more suited to Voodoo?

An internal ellipsis printed in your article marks the omission of a smiley from my text. This is exactly equivalent to replacing the word “not” with an ellipsis. Since you seem unaware of the primary traditional meaning of this token, I will inform you that it reminds the reader that the remark is satirical and should be taken antonymously.

I expect a retraction in your next issue and another “I was misquoted by the Tech” t-shirt.

Richard J. Barbalace ‘97