This is technically an IMHO question, but since it relates directly to the Pit, I think it may belong here. Mods can move it, but I think it should be here, because harsh language may occur.
The question: if I’ve pitted someone, here in the Pit (duh, where else?) what happens if I want to engage them in a friendly discussion in another thread?
Example: Buddha_David and I are saying Pittish things to each other here – but over in IMHO, he said something clever, witty, and insightful, and I would have liked to engage him – in agreement! – on it.
Example: Bricker is on my Pit-list – but in a thread in CS not long ago, he posted about music, and I found myself admiring his tastes! I believe I actually did engage him about that.
So… Is it hypocritical to say, “Thou dolt” here, and “Oh, good point,” in another forum? Is it cheesey? Or is it a case of “What happens in the Pit stays in the Pit” and one can operate as if there is an hermetic seal – like the wax ring under a toilet fixture – so that the ill feelings exist here only, and out there in the bigger, brighter, happier world, we can chat as friends?
Is it “two faced” or just good diplomacy? If we’re mad at each other here, is it better to quietly ignore each other out there? Is the relationship inescapably tainted by the hot words and harsh language of the Pit? Or does one man in his time play many parts?
If someone in the Pit called you a reeking dolt…and at the same time in Cafe Society asked a question about your favorite movie…do you answer the question about the movie, and tacitly pretend the Pit exchange is in some alternative reality? Or do you quietly ignore the question, because the other guy is, in the Pit at least, a stinking jerk?