I’m telling you this here because your email address is private, but I wanted to talk to you anyway. Think of this as an anti-pitting.
Sarahfeena, I’d just like to say that I keep running into you in threads arguing exactly the opposite opinion from mine on whatever the issue in question is. Most recently in this thread about stem cells, where I was mightily impressed by just how thoughtful, intelligent, and articulate you were throughout. In that thread, you were part of a small minority in your opinions on embryonic stem cell research; what’s more, a lot of people in the thread took the opportunity to examine you and your own opinions personally rather than discussing the more abstract issue present; at some points it turned into a pile-on. And you were absolutely gracious about it; you presented an unpopular opinion, argued it persuasively, and kept yourself above the fray.
I’ve noticed that a lot in threads with you. I’m generally impressed with people who can argue well about anything, but when it comes to people with unpopular viewpoints here on the SDMB who argue them ably and rationally - and don’t get discombobulated by the fact that most people disagree with them - it’s particularly welcome. In every thread I’ve seen you in, you debate with eloquence and grace, and it’s a real pleasure to have you around here. So thank you for your presence here and for your excellent argument and complete composure. These good qualities are rare enough in themselves but moreso in combination. I love having people like you around who don’t share my opinions or beliefs, but argue their own quite well; it’s easy to seem reasonable and intelligent to people who agree with you, but it’s quite an achievement to come across that way to people who don’t. I really appreciate your presence in these forums.