I don't think the OP was talking about GENUINE disagreement with, or critical analysis of another person's post. Hell, I more than welcome
disagreement and/or critique that comes from a study, or knowledge of, the subject you're disagreeing with. AS mentioned by Doghead, this is
essential to digging down to whatever truth might lie in any assertions made in a thread.
The problem of pseudoskepticism, debunking at any cost, and/or attempting to demolish a thread through sheer rudeness and hostility is another thing
There is already a perfect example of this in this very thread.
Originally posted by Roland Deschain
I can't believe there are still posts like this being made. Did you either bother searching for a related topic before posting this?
Personally I see participating in a forum like ATS as a combination of online English pub, a source of news, a school & a club... ie: a place where
you can go and discuss subjects that interest you with like-minded people, share observations, find out what's new, and hopefully learn something in
People go to pubs, schools, clubs, watch news, and the same subjects are discussed many times. The same appllies to pretty much every forum I'm a
member of, including the private forum I run. Why does a subject have to have limits on the amount of times it can be discussed, particularly when you
consider that a forum like ATS has plenty of new members joining every day?
If you think the subject of this thread has been discussed so much that it bores you, why not simply ignore the thread, and let those who are
interested in participating in it, in a constructive manner, get on with it?
Unless, of course, it is important to the individual that this thread never catches the imagination of too many people, thereby creating a tendency
amongst ATS members to either a/ more easily see future thread derailments for what they are... and/or b/ more easily ignore those individuals who
attempt to derail threads with these type of tactics.
I'm not saying the above is the case. BUt it does make me wonder why people bother to behave like this in threads.
Anyway... enough wafflling from me
[edit on 20-1-2008 by Dagar]