Chiew-Siah Tei: This Is Not About You

Chiew-Siah Tei, this is not about you. It’s not personal. I want you to understand that, because that is the only way my message will get the attention it deserves from you, namely, in the absence of personal animosity. Now, let’s deal with the issue you have raised, and again, I clearly emphasize: this is not about you, Chiew-Siah Tei, the person.

First, here is what you have done up to the present moment, so let’s take a look:

Next, let’s fill in the back story behind your conduct on Twitter. Let’s look at your message to me, and I will reserve comment until it is presented properly:

Chiew-Sei Tai: (quote)
“Dear Professor Baker,
I am surprise to find my essay appeared on your website. I believe that it was just an oversight, that you forgot to ask for my consent before publishing it, I would appreciate that you would delete it in the first instance. Thank you.
Best wishes,
Chiew-Siah Tei” (end of quote)

My response:

Dear Ms. Chiew-Siah Tei,

Thank you kindly for your request to remove an essay of your authorship from my blog. I have carefully considered your request, and find it without merit on four fundamental grounds:

1. The essay is properly attributed to you as the author.

2. The essay is not used for commercial purposes (by me). I receive no commercial or economic benefit from your essay.

3. No derivative work has been made. It is intact, 100%, with no alteration.

4. Your author picture and a backlink to your webpage is included.

In other words, I have made fair use of your essay. No other conclusion is possible.

Again, I thank you for your request, but I find it to be without merit.

Finally, given the manner in which you have proceeded, any inclination I may have felt towards acquiescence to your request has been irreparably damaged. As you can imagine, I do not share your enthusiasm for the negative use of social media.

With kind regards,

Thomas Baker


About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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