|I did not perceive that as an olive branch but as a direct personal attack, though, admittedly an open invitation to a fair and public engagement, different from the sniping in threads.|
My view, TSI, is based on my having attempted the same thing with "Marotta versus Armaos" in the Banter forum. That thread was deleted by the sysops.
So, I viewed Ed Thompson's attack as coming from privilege, as the RoR Outreach Coordinator. You, TSI, are the RoR Editor and you see nothing but lighthearted banter, whereas Mindy perceived something else entirely.
I grant fully that Joseph Rowlands and company are generally broad minded and open minded and willing to encourage (almost) all manner of interaction. It is a a private medium. Moreover, of all the Objectivist sites, I personally favor this one. At the same time, some animals are more equal than others.
The standards here on RoR are subjective.
While I agree with Ted on this issue, I also caution that Ted vaulted himself to a leadership position here, achieving "victory by firehouse." He posts his links to paleo-conservative blogs, which makes RoR look traditionalist, not radical, and political, not philosophical. He dishonestly manoevered himself into 9000+ Atlas Points and a fifth icon, as if he had earned broad approval, when, in point of fact, he specifically lacks it. I understand and appreciate the use of embedded graphics, even for pointed humor, and that's why I find his use of cartoons insulting and anti-intellectual.
All of that is to place into some context this Ed-Mindy thing. Considering the abuses we tolerate, and the highly personalized nature of the engagements and the consequences that sometimes result, I think that Mindy understood the situation quite well. She made friends and enemies quite easily, as soon as she arrived. She went after Ed Thompson, cudgeling him about the head, perhaps, but, again, as I read it, Ed over-reacted to small criticisms, when, in truth, he could have ignored her entirely. My opinion of Ed and my esteeem for him was not going to change because of anything Mindy said.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 6/01, 5:24am)