- Sep 13, 2013
Booker: A PM to Kevin or a mod should clear up any questions you might have. Not being the owner or a mod I can't really help to allay your confusion.
I agree Rob. I just think it's part of the dumbing down of America that is underway. Maybe other countries too, I don't know."If I surround myself with sufficient stoopid, then my stoopid will begin to look normal, at least to me and my friends."
I've always thought that was one of the big drawbacks to the internet. You can always find others out there that agree with you no matter how close to the "lunatic fringe" you might be. What we once accepted as traditional reinforcement for acceptable behavior has been replaced by influences that encourage and promote anti social conduct. Not all, but many are affected. Most of us learned our social skills by interacting with those around us, not in the artificial world of the key board. The computer generation isn't so fortunate."If I surround myself with sufficient stoopid, then my stoopid will begin to look normal, at least to me and my friends."
I agree with you, especially when you get very passive aggressive remarks... do they cross this vague line? and as you mentioned that threshold is different for everyone. You also talked about "thin" skin, this I believe is the biggest issue... people love to feel disrespected and attacked, they love to feel like a victim (ok maybe Im exaggerating) but people need to remember that although the majority of us get along very well and would probably enjoy hanging out in person, its still the internet. People love to say shit they probably wouldn't in real life, so really people need to get a thick skin.Rule ten is a toughie to enforce I think. It calls for some very careful parsing, interpreting and subjective reasoning by the mods. This is the one rule which probably causes mods a lot of heartburn. I'm betting this rule generates a lot of PMs asking for intent, asking the poster to "dial it back," and maybe a "one more and you are outta here" message.
This! This right here is the biggest issue we face. Im not going to get into a big political rant (see I can follow rules too) but this Us and Them mentality is what driving this country down the wrong path. We have forgotten how to stand together, regardless of differences."us and them".