Breaking An Omelet
Originally posted by Wertdagf
At AboveTopEggshells you have to walk very lightly around delusions and idiocy, because its only common sense.
Let's look at it from the other side. If you believe something strongly, and someone who disagrees with you calls you an idiot for it, how does it
make any sense to agree with them? Have you ever done that? Has anyone ever convinced you to agree with them that way?
Meanwhile, if someone patiently explains to you why
they think your beliefs are not well-founded, you will at least be less defensive, more
open to different opinions, and may even come to agree with them. You will also avoid alienating and potentially persuade others who may be reading
what you post in the process.
If Denying Ignorance is the goal, then that's the way to go about it.
On the other hand, ambitions to play puerile forum games or score imaginary debate points run in opposition to that goal, and serve no purpose other
than some vague attempt at self-gratification that is rarely all that satisfying in the long run.
Yet another way to look at it is to consider threads from a reader's perspective. When readers find a topic of interest and begin reading a thread,
the topic is what they are interested in. They generally aren't interested in what Member X thinks of Member Y, drama, d-egos, Internet tough guys,
epeens or other sorts of self-indulgent distractions. Very few people, aside from those who practice them, find them appealing.
Ultimately the "meta game"
is a waste of time for all involved, from
those who play it to those who are expected to suffer through it.
So far, I have yet to find anyone masochistic enough to willingly choose to be on the receiving end of it, especially those who habitually dish it
It's no different on ATS, and though we do our best to bring members around on that crucial point, those who are resistant to understanding it
inevitably end up somewhere else, and that's usually for the best.
Members who are perpetually antagonized by certain forums and unable to conduct themselves properly are best advised to avoid them. If they can't do
so on their own, we can help with that by removing posts, temporarily removing posting privileges or terminating accounts, and it is the purpose of
threads like these to make sure there's no ambiguity about it.