Incidentally, it isn't 'all the smart' users of the board disapproving of this award. It is the same handful of argumentative types who whine about
pretty much every aspect of the board.
how can you reason with someone who has a mentality like that.
however, I feel I have to.
The following points are not to antagonise anyone, but to point out the futility of this thread and this award.
Doing as you say Kano, I reviewed the whole thread again. Rather than handing out just the one award why not do it for a few in that thread. After
all, FM got his for:
'Most notably his attack on MS based on the assertion that the speed of light, but also for much of the rest of the thread, read it, its a
That the speed of light what Kano? did you not think and review before posting that message otherwise you would have seen the mistake.
Reviewing that thread and you'll see that Quiet one really adds to the debate going on in that thread. Some might take his humour the wrong way, it
is pretty confrontational and dismissive as is FM's.
Your first post doesn't really add to the discussion except humour, which is fine, as we all need that but if Quiet one should get one then so should
you. Is humour allowed in this if it upsets someone. FM's humour appears to be sarcastic when he makes a point (admittedly its the lowest form of wit
so the saying goes). Different ppl take things in different ways - heck its the reason why this thread is as big as it is now. Do we ban humour in
this thread because it has little relevance to the topic?
Mad Scientist and FM both make statements of fact and then fail to back them up through the course of the thread. Neither of them ask for evidence but
continue on a 'I know more than you do' slant until they can't go any further and shift onto another piece of weaponry.
To be clear on the Vietnam story, I think I understand it although he perhaps should have explained it better. He stated that the VC guy made pikes
and put them around the several entries / exits to the village knowing that when he fires his one bullet, the GI's will scatter and most likely use
the entry / exit points in the panic to get to cover and thus impale themselves on the hidden (I assume they are hidden as this was a common practice
of creating basic mantraps and GI's are not that dumb to run into exposed pikes) pikes hence the kills and injuries. Whether it was actually that
number of kills and injuries is for FM to prove not MS.
To be frank, the way the thread reads, it looks as if you've been waiting for him to shoot his mouth off one time and you can then bag him.
I'm not argumentative, I'm questioning. I do not accept everything at face value, just as you obviously do not and thusly, that is why I challenge
yours and other assertions when I think they should be challenged. If that means that I am marked for some future award/mockery for asking questions,
or being 'argumentative' and 'whining' then so what, I don't care. But I do care when I see someone being unfairly held up for ridicule for a
quick laugh by a small clique of ppl, especially those who have some responsibility to the general wellbeing on this board.
I've spent the best part of an hour and more going over this thread and the other, trying to read the meanings meant by ppl in what they say, noting
comments etc because it has hooked me emotionally, which is half of what we are. Everyone makes mistakes - sorry is not a hard word for anyone to say
on this board... its virtual for god's sake, which is why we get into these messes with ppl shooting off more than they know sometimes.
I'm appealing to your better nature to rescind the award and ask that FM be more considerate of posting sarcastic counter points to ppl who do not
understand him or have not been involved with conversation with him before.
Relationships on here are kinda like th real world, it does take time for some ppl to get used to your style before you can truly be yourself, but if
you do invest the time then I think you get more out of it.
I'm off to bed now so I'll see you all tomorrow.
[Edited on 9-1-2003 by phait]