posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 04:14 PM
One thing's for sure. Not everyone reads the T&Cs. I count myself as one. Some of the rules on manners and decorum are, to quote a well known
Others are a little more grey. I was surprised initially a few days ago when reading through a thread about flying the U.S. flag upside down. I guess
most saw it as that made the front page too. When I reached the end and found it had been closed only then did I realise that the organisation of
political causes is also taboo. With the benefit of hindsight this probably makes a lot of sense, although it walks a fine line. I guess the
difference is "let's set up a money-bomb" = bad; "did you donate to the money-bomb = okay". This one, as I see it, is also fraught with hazards.
I'm sure Nef, you'll recall the advert several years ago telling us that everything we did in life was "politics". So, does calling for action on
starving children with diseases politics? I don't know anymore, but then again someone will find fault. Someone always does.
I guess then that's my point. There are times when I've wanted to punch the monitor. That's when I usually walk away from the thread altogether and
retreat to my "regular", it's much more subdued, restrained and polite there but having said that...
There are waves and you can predict certain things. I think I know where the next one is heading. The state of world finances are driving people to
look for answers and alternatives. A lot are heading our way. Some are genuine lurkers, finally summoning the courage to come forward and ask the
questions they were initially afraid to ask. Yes, there are others, trolls if you will; and some that see an opportunity to try and goad others into
saying something that could be regarded as bordering on terrorism.
As long as people congregate there will always be those trying to control others. Machiavelli has a lot to answer for, even though I suspect he was
just writing down observations. It's been going on for millennia. It won't stop because a few mods say so, BUT it will stop dialogue if we're not
So, think before you speak. If you think you might lose it, walk away and most importantly,
never give intel to the enemy.
Rant over, back to my hole...