Need help to understand a phrase

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Sat Feb 11 00:03:15 CST 2006

I believe "well-placed prods" could be replaced by "highly effective 
encouragement to proceed toward a particular goal" (think of a milder 
version of the cattle prod) and still maintain its original, though 
still less-than-perfectly-clear, meaning.

Jim Blandy wrote:
> On 2/10/06, Max Bowsher <maxb1 at> wrote:
>>I don't interpret that phrase that way at all - I certainly don't think
>>it implies disagreement.
>>To me, "some well-placed prods" means roughly the same as "some
>>carefully targeted publicity", though with a much more informal tone -
>>and that informal tone implies to me that the 'publicity' probably took
>>the form of personal communications with friends and colleagues, rather
>>than, say, published advertisements.
>>In this interpretation "well-placed" doesn't carry any connotations of
>>"to a sensitive part of the body" - rather, it suggests that Brian
>>Behlendorf and Jason Robbins used knowledge of the community/industry to
>>direct their efforts to people who they knew would be interested.
> Well, I'll let the authors clarify what they meant, but if that phrase
> is referring to what I think it is, I was there, and I think my
> description is reasonable.
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C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at>

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