posted on Sep, 6 2008 @ 12:43 PM
Nobody seems very interested in this thread. I'm thinking people like bickering back and forth on ATS.
You have to admit, it is rather fun to bicker at times!
My husband is a swing voter, which infuriates me to no end, but 'for the sake of the children' we've agreed to end political discussions until
he's firmly decided to vote the right way (for McCain). So that means that I have to do my bickering on ATS
Overall I think I have been respectful in my posts. Occassionally I get hot-headed and might be a bit too harsh, but that's how I am in life and I
don't think it's wrong to have it carry over to the board.
In the 'real world', I rarely get angry, raise my voice or curse, so when any of those happen, people around me know that I mean business, same
thing on the board.
It's a lot like how I parent ... I don't believe in saying "no", "don't do that", "don't do this", "you can't ...". "No" loses it's
meaning when children hear it non-stop and they just learn to tune it out.
There are plenty of other ways to stop undesirable behavior without having to use 'no' so that, in a sense, you save your 'no's' for times when
it REALLY matters.
When I'm going back and forth with someone on the board and they are constantly being unreasonable or over the top rude, eventually, I lose my
patience with them and I fight back harder than I normally would. I think that's a normal response, don't you?