As I said in an earlier post, since there aren't many overt trolls here, at least not for long enough to really disrupt the boards, I doubted that
I'd use the ignore feature.
Well... I just put a poster on ignore a couple of days ago, and there's another that's probably going there soon. Why? Honestly-- for my own
This ties in with Valhall's excellent "Feeding the White Elephant"
with the TOS here at ATS.
There are just some people who are so blindly and rigidly partisan that there's really no way to communicate effectively with them. It's impossible
to get them to see objective reality-- everything is viewed through their partisan blinders. To them, any policy promoted by their party is
axiomatically good, and any policy promoted by the opposition party is axiomatically bad. It's impossible to actually discuss the policy in
question, simply because their minds are already made up and absolutely cannot be changed. There's no combination of logic and reason that can reach
them, since they're immune to such things. Personally, I think that extreme partisanship is a form of insanity-- the partisan cannot view reality
objectively, but can only see it through a set of preconceptions. Their definitions of good and bad are not rooted in external reality, but in a
self-imposed narrowing and skewing of reality. Skewing reality in order to fit one's preconceptions is the very definition of insanity.
But anyway-- when faced with such people, I'll generally try for a while to reach them through the use of logic and reason, but when it becomes
apparent that there's no hope of that, I have been known, at least from time to time. to apply what I like to call 'the two by four across the
forehead' approach. That is-- I lay out my analysis of the flaws in their reasoning and the source of those flaws and the consequences of those
flaws, and I do so in the most direct and confrontational terms possible. My belief is that if they are immune to logic and reason, they might at
least be forced to consider the possibility that they might be in error if I figuratively hit them over the head with it.
But the problem is that that sort of confrontation, here, simply earns one of those little red "Warn" tags that I'm currently dragging around with
So, if there's no way to convince a particular poster into even momentarily considering the possibility that they might be in error, and I can't
beat them over the head with their error, then it seems that the only remaining option is to remove them from my view, so that I'm no longer tempted
to attempt the impossible, or to do the unacceptable.
As a bit of an aside-- I find it to be ironic that the two posters I mentioned-- the one that's already on ignore and the one that might soon be--
are themselves on opposite "sides" of the political divide. I guess that just goes to show that blindness is bipartisan.