Recently Kimstu and I were both participating in a GD thread about Social Security privatization. As often happens in GD, we have a difference of opinion. Basically I think privatization of Social Security would be a good thing and he does not. OK, that’s fine. This is exactly the sort of thing that GD is for.
Both of our positions are reasonable, and both are shared by a great deal of people. After exchanging a couple of posts Kimstu hits me with this:
I took this for the personal insult that it was and reported Kimstu to the mods. tomndeb responded prompty with an appropriate non-warning:
Kimstu then apologized and I accepted. No problem in my mind. Topics do get heated and sometimes something someone posts just rubs you the wrong way. Perfectly understandable.
We get back to discussing the issue at hand. Then two posts later:
I again report Kimstu to the mods.
I also post this:
Which I should not have posted and now regret. It’s foolish to behave badly just because of the bad behavior of others.
I didn’t want to let it sit just like that, and don’t want to keep playing with fire in GD, so I’m openning this Pit thread.
I’m not that angry with you. I’ve certainly been attacked much more harshly on the SDMB before, and even more so in GD before. I am a conservative on a left leaning board. It goes with the turf.
I’m just disappointed and frustrated. You’re obvously a smart guy. You’ve been on the boards since 1999 and have 4,400 posts, so you know the boards and the board rules very well.
You could use your long experience and knowledge towards having a great discussion with me. Instead you use it to know exactly where the invisible line is that you can stand behind and safely stick your tongue out and chant “Neener, neener, neener!” without worry from the mods.
Sure, you are technically not breaking the rules. Good for you. You’ve mastered just how to be a jerk without actually being in violation enough to get a warning.
My example post would have also been fine if I had instead scripted it to read:
“Can I honestly, sincerely, respectfully call Kimstu moronic for not being able to see anyone who disagrees with him on Social Security as anything but a child? Of course not. That’d be against the rules.”
Bolding points out that I need only change my label of him being a moron a tiny bit to instead be calling his behavior moronic. No difference, really, except that now that statement is technically not in violation of board rules.
You see, I’ve been posting on the boards for a while myself. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. So, between the obvious skills and knowledge of the two of us, Kimstu and I can both safely insult eachother (non-directly) without ever really being in violation of board rules. That just sucks.
I’m here to say that that’s not what I want to do. I’m asking that you don’t either Kimstu. Take a long look in the mirror. Take a shot of whiskey. Pray. Go and get laid. Punch yourself in the face. Hard. Do whatever it is you need to do to get your shit together. Then, and only then, come back into that thread or any other thread that I’m participating in and debate the issue at hand. Don’t attack the poster. Don’t use name calling or other baby talk bullshit to get under my skin. Use your obvious talents to have a Great Debate, not a thinly veiled pit thread.