in this thread , you opine that I’m starting a personal-insults war in Cafe Society. To the contrary, I’m fighting ignorance in a gentle and reasonable manner. If I were to post, for example, “In the movie The Philadelphia Story, the character of C. K. Dexter Haven is an impoverished goat-felcher,” I might expect someone to point out the errors I’ve made. If that person were to add, as I did there, that my assertions made almost no sense and that I had some work to do in cinema studies, I’m not sure why you would feel compelled to admonish that person for starting a personal-insults war. How is one to deal with blatent displays of ignorance if not to correct them in clear and firm (yet civil) tones?
I’d appreciate any elucidation to your official moderator’s warning you might add, since I view my options now as simply never again correcting anyone in Cafe Society, or risking your terrible wrath.
I pointed out that he was entirely wrong (on a factual basis, LHOD) and would be glad to elaborate in a separate thread, since I didn’t think hijacking the thread we were in would be considerate. I also noted, perfectly correctly, that I suspected Biffy was about as interested in getting instruction in this subject as he was in getting a carbolic-acid enema (which might have done him some good).
I just read the thread and yes, pseudotriton ruber ruber, you were a jerk in it. If you didn’t want to hijack the thread, you could’ve provided a link or two and offered your email if he had further questions. Instead, you preferred to argue from authority. You should know better than that.
BTW, being a published poet doesn’t mean dick. I’ve seen some really lousy poetry that’s been published.
Here is your very first post, from what I can see:
This is not:
Then he says
And you come back with a couple of paras of info, and then this:
(bolding mine) That bolded sentence would put anyone’s back up.
Then he comes back, saying he doesn’t you are being unhelpful, and adds “stuff it”, which is why he got scolded, presumably. He then goes on to explain why he thinks some of the things he does, which is as it should be, and you then answer:
You think that was polite and well-mannered? I’d hate to see you when you were rude!
Biffy may have been 100% wrong, and you 100% right, but even your first post was condescending, forget about the second one.
What really pisses me off about your conduct was saying Biffy was wrong, without even bothering to tell us the correct meter. You’re so smart, put YOUR meter up there for everyone to see and critique. Fight a little ignorance, whydontcha?
Don’t give me the “not the right thread” crap. A claim was made that this was a mistake, you claim it wasn’t a mistake, it’s the perfect time for a quick diversion to clarify it and we all learn a little bit.
Just read it also, prr, and I’m afraid to say this just isn’t going your way. Even allowing that you were 100% correct, you were still rude and condescending. Particularly with “… when you’re ready to learn, you’ll learn. You’re not ready.” Dude, how many tin-foil hat conspiracists have we seen in this place with that attitude? Either back up your claim, or shut the hell up.
Did you, in fact, correct him? I suppose there is a sense of the verb “correct” that means “tell someone that they don’t understand something and that they make little sense”, but I think it usually means actually explaining the error and what the correct thing is. If you feel the need to correct someone, you might try actually telling them what is correct. You might also try being polite, which you were not.
pseuditrion, you were a tad high-handed in that exchange. Using that kind of tone, along with not explaining what you meant, really took most of the value out of the post. If someone posts something incorrect, you should correct it. If the individual doesn’t want to learn (which was more asserted than established) there are still the other 49,999 posters on this board. If he’s made an error, correct it. If he eats stupid food for breakfast, just say so.