Originally Posted by JayT
I'd just like to point out that Josh has clearly moved on and is posting about mountain biking, etc.
Time for everyone else to move on? How about we just lock this thread and be done with it?
Originally Posted by tch
Well, it's already been been said before, BUT... the point is that the way to deal with an unpleasant person is to ignore him/her. If you don't respond (open your mouth) or even read
stupid posts, then 85% of the problem will resolve itself. It's hard to believe that this is the 3rd multi-page thread that is essentially about how one person is such a jerk. Jeez.....
Why not practice what both of you preach? You don't want people to talk about whatever you think they're talking about? Tough.
You think the thread is inane or that the people are unnecessarily perseverating on something you think they should be over? Then ignore it.
Nobody's forcing you to be involved.
In any case, although he's raised as an example, it's not about Josh. Apparently it is for you, but if you pay attention, you'll see people are talking about the tone of the forum in general, from dealing with newbies to where to draw the line. But even if it were, there's no fighting going on, so what business is it of yours? Do you think Epicski should now judge the relevance, repetition, and necessity of threads? How much should we be allowed to natter on about something?
Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
Alexzn, I think you are saying that if anyone complains it's because they are too insecure. They just need to get over it.
If they don't they are acting infantile or senile.
Do you really mean that?
No, I only say that people's thin skin should not get in a way of free discussion. Even if it feels appropriate in each particular case, overall it has a chilling effect on a public forum.
And harsh snippiness doesn't have a chilling effect? Why does someone who's a little sensitive to harsh ridicule (which you may think is just amusing) matter less than you? This is a public forum--which means that if we're to generally get along, people have to realize they're talking with a rich variety of people who have different ways of writing, who may or may not have participated in this kind of internet forum, or who may or may not realize that their intent may not come across in their writing.
I submit that we can find a middle ground with room for plenty of heat and disagreement, BUT ALSO a sense of basic civility and a little bit of concern for how others may react to your writing.
Originally Posted by GoldMember
I've read through most of the comments on this thread. As I was reading, I kept thinking of the "Meet the Maggots" thread at TGR, specifically rule #2:"2. Its only an internet chat room. So don't get your dainty little panties in a big nasty wad. Sometimes - actually MOST of the time - we ride people pretty hard for stupid crap they say, do, and so on. That's just how it is around here. Don't like it? Grow a spine or go away. No wanking allowed."
I like the idea of an Epicski version of #2 of the Meet the Maggots thread. I don't know how many people even read that kind of stuff, but it's good to let people know that Epicski is a big tent, that diversity means that others may not communicate the way you're used to, that it's OK for everyone to be themselves so long as nobody's violating other policies, and that it's not necessary to assume the worst if toes get trod on a little.