BlogBiz: No more namecalling.

18 Oct

I’m tired of reading comments where posters are calling each other names like idiot, sweetheart, moron, bitch, or any of that ilk.

From now on, I’m just going to start deleting comments with name-calling insults.  It’s ridiculous that grown men can’t get through a discussion without puerile mudslinging.  If you want to play the neener-neener game and call each other names, take it off the blog.

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17 Responses to “BlogBiz: No more namecalling.”

  1. Ilíon October 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Will you now?

    Aren’t you at all curious as to what’s going on in your own mind?

    What I mean is this — these … what was the phrase, again? … “grown men” … have been directing that sort of thing at me for days, and you only just now, after I have mildly (but effectively, and humorously) turned a couple of the intended insults back upon their owners, appear to disapprove of their behavior. AND then, to make matters worse (from my point of view), you “even-handedly” seek to lump my mild (and humorous!), and much delayed, responses in with their provocations.

    Really: would you *ever* have written this post had I not finally turned some of those provocations back upon their owners? To be more blunt, had I not, with a few simple-and-non-obscene words, turned what was intended to be a group-effort mockery of me into unanswerable ridicule of the original poster, would you have said *anything* at all?

  2. Cane Caldo October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    It’s a well-known fact of the schoolyard that it’s the reprisal punch that gets punished.

    And you weren’t as funny as you thought. Comedians aren’t paid according to how much they make themselves laugh.

  3. Joseph Dantes October 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    You underrate his comedic value, sir!

  4. Aunt Haley October 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Ilion, when you post nine replies in a row and start sounding emotionally hysterical, which you did the other day, I have little compunction about nipping that kind of behavior in the bud when it starts to cross over into schoolyard insults.

    Cool down and write like a grown-up, and others will treat you like a grown-up.

  5. Lando October 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    http://artofmanliness.com/2008/09/21/how-to-debate-politics-civilly/

    Here’s a guide for civil discourse, it’s geared toward politics, but it can be used more broadly. Some commentators could definitely use it to brush up on their debating skills.

  6. Aunt Haley October 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Excellent link. Thanks for posting, Lando.

  7. Novaseeker October 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Interesting link. I prefer to abstain discussing politics with anyone who clearly disagrees. In our political climate, there’s almost no upside to doing so, I have found. Politics is now mostly tribal — discussions generally convince only very seldom.

  8. Samson October 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    I prefer to abstain discussing politics with anyone who clearly disagrees.

    So do I, after almost ten years online. Still, remember this:

    discussions generally convince only very seldom.,

    Discussions don’t convince your opponent. They convince the silent observer – very important.

  9. Ilíon October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    You underrate his comedic value, sir!

    So, what you’re saying is that Mr Caldo’s humor chip needs to be recalibrated?

  10. Ilíon October 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Ilion, when you post nine replies in a row and start sounding emotionally hysterical, which you did the other day …

    You’re dishonest, aren’t you?

  11. Cane Caldo October 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Good point.

  12. Cane Caldo October 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m being fundamentally misunderstood.

  13. Aunt Haley October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    I’m not, and your further comments are going in moderation for the time being.

  14. Ilíon October 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    The thing about dishonesty

  15. Ilíon October 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Not to worry … I quickly lose interest in dishonest persons (and their blogs). And you are dishonest.

  16. Joseph Dantes October 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    With a hammer!

    Caldo: You always have been.

  17. Joseph Dantes October 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Aha, so to the “No neener” policy we can add the Ilion-Ozzy corollary: “No more tears.”

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