|Jeff, you wrote: " I would have been in favor of moderation if that attack was directed at anybody. That it was at Joe of all people was just another straw. We will moderate or ban anyone that is that rude and who is attempting to destroy the wonderful atmosphere we have here with their petty bitterness. There is no double standard."|
Jeff, I agree with you, but clearly Linz does not..
What I see as so objectionable in David's post was not merely one or two insults, but the wholesale attack on Joe's character, on his honesty and integrity. This, I emphatically agree, should not be allowed to anyone. In fact, the post was so off-the-wall that I truly thought it was David's not-very- funny idea of a joke, directed at a friend, and so I ignored it.
But I don't see this as an issue of principals versus members. Linz, no one is denying your legal right to your property or Joe's right to his; surely you see that the issue is not one of legality, but of wisdom, civility, morality, however one wishes to put it. And at the risk or having your wrath descend on my head, I must tell you that I am in agreement with the point made that once the principals enter into the debates that are at the heart of Solo, they should not demand to be treated differently than other debaters. And if insults are allowed to anyone on Solo, and are indulged in by any of the principals, then the principals should not object to receiving their share of insults.The solution, surely, is to insist on a single standard: that heat, anger, rage, and tantrums are acceptable; personal insults are not.
Rick, you wrote that you disagree with my statement that I do not insult people. Have I insulted you or have you seen me insult someone else? Please explain.
num++, you wrote: "For the love of Galt, is it too much to ask that the people who have no dog on this debate just shut up and let the people who are involved work it out on their own pace, publicly and/or privately."
But we all have dogs in this debate, for a least a couple of reasons. First, the discussion has taken place on the pages of Solo, which are open to us are and where we are invited to voice our opinions; our dogs have been dragged into the debate whether we like it or not. Further, we all have an interest in the future of Solo, and when someone like Jennifer, who to my mind has been one of the most valuable members of Solo, is so personally insulted that she leaves, that is important to every one of us.
Surely an organization that boasts of its benevolent sense of life can once and for all dispense with the vileness of personal attacks! "The total passion for the total height?" It is hard to find it on his thread.