posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 09:43 AM
If someone is "baiting" you into anything more than a civil debate, most certainly, "ignore" them. Never let someone drag you down to their own
level. There is a noteable difference between debate and an argument. A debate is based upon civil discourse with a logical progression of examples
and evidence that support "your side". An argument, on the other hand, is nothing more than an adolescent, self-centered, demand for attention.
Of course, it is difficult to ever change anyone's mind with either a debate or an argument. At least in a debate, one can walk away knowing that he
was able to say "what needed to be said" , in defense of one's position. And, like gentlemen, to "agree to disagree". An argument, on the other
hand, usually deteriorates to the point where the essence of the argument evolves into personal attacks and name-calling.
Remember, "baiting" only works if you actual "take the bait" and respond in kind. Don't go there.