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Old May 24, 2004, 09:03 AM
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Let's Play Nice Now II

I started a thread on March 25, 2003 with this statement:

[Hey Folks,

I know I have a habit of injecting a little sting into my postings on this board, so this may sound a bit hypocritical. Before this particular forum gets shut down either temporarily or permanently, we need to modulate the stridency some. Both sides of the aisle can be over zealous, as I surely can be, but I would miss not having this place to hang out in.

cheers,
Tim


We have a long way to go until election time. Let's all play nicely together, so that we may have a place to debate for the long haul.

Oddly enough, the original Let's Play Nice Now thread was closed for not playing nice.....go figure.

cheers,
Tim
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Old May 24, 2004, 11:52 AM
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Old May 24, 2004, 11:59 AM
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yeah. While it isn't quite as entertaining as throwing incindiery bombs around the forum, I'd rather attenuate the vitriol than risk losing the forum.

I suspect that OTD is nearing the tipping point for its viability. I've been in here over 3 years, and I enjoy it. With the growth in popularity of RCGroups, and its subsequent explosion in members, this forum has seen an increase in participation. It has also seen an increase in really divisive rhetoric. Moderators have been exceptionally busy in their tasks. I'd rather the usual suspects in here police themselves, myself included, than see the forum go away.

as ever, YMMV
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Old May 24, 2004, 12:30 PM
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OMG! Let's hold hands and sing kumbiyah!!! You pinko!

Mr. Jonas (aka Mootsie for those who have lurked here a while) is right on point, as usual.

I will pledge here and now to try and temper my comments a bit more. There are some very good conversations going on here, and there is a lot worth preserving.

Matt
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Old May 24, 2004, 12:39 PM
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Once a day for the last week I have almost deleted this forum from my browser favorites. As I write this, the top 3 threads are left-baiting. Each extreme has their annoying, dogma-over-logic adherents but it seems like the balance has been tipped recently. I just have no interest in having a discourse with people whose technique is to dismiss the views of a huge group by pronouncing them "liberal". The worse posts are the ones that make insulting generalizations with the goal of marginalizing this same group.

I have been guilty in some of my responses in letting my anger get the better of me by working in subtle attacks that adhere to the letter of the forum rules. In the future, I will just not post.
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Old May 24, 2004, 12:47 PM
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that's all I'm asking...
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Old May 24, 2004, 01:44 PM
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Tim good thread and comments. I will do my best to accept your challenge.

I wish more of us would stop using lables on those who disagree and instead focus on the facts and logic of discussion. I think very few RC people are 100% anything.
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Old May 24, 2004, 01:46 PM
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concur.
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Old May 24, 2004, 01:55 PM
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Oh man, I love you guys! sniff.... I need a hug

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Old May 24, 2004, 02:29 PM
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How about a "Political Flame Forum" for paying members of that forum?

Make it non-accessable to the general public.

That way whoever could "bait 'n' troll" whoever else they wanted!!

OK, I've tried to mellow out lately (but some people are just impossible, so I'll join in on the group hug.

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Old May 24, 2004, 03:07 PM
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OK, group hug. Just keep your hands where I can see them.
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Old May 24, 2004, 03:24 PM
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How about a "Political Flame Forum" for paying members of that forum?

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Viper
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Pay for abuse? Ain't that just like a liberal!
I came here for an argument!
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Old May 24, 2004, 04:32 PM
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wait, that's a great idea... life and the universe could be one forum and politics could be another
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Old May 24, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Tim good thread and comments. I will do my best to accept your challenge.

I wish more of us would stop using lables on those who disagree and instead focus on the facts and logic of discussion. I think very few RC people are 100% anything.
Just to be dissagreable.....I'm 100% addicted to RC flying.

Oh, and I'm not the touchy feely type so I'll pass on the group hug....if that's OK.

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Old May 24, 2004, 05:41 PM
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Without off-topic, where would the moderators move goofy threads to?
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