We are here to stop ignorance, not score cheap points upon one another. The best way to educate folks is to get them involved, interested, and agreeing with you. Attacking them will just get their hackles up, so they won’t learn anything, and alos make you look bad, as well.
Now, Collounsbury tried to educate us in that other PIT thread. He might very well have had some good info, he seems intelligent. But, he called one of my remarks racist, used ad hominem attacks, and used excessive profanity. Thus- I did not care WHAT he was posting, as far as educational info- “he called me a racist”- and then i stopped really listening to him. Eponymous, however, just posted a really great quote- which explained to me what Collounsbury and others were apparently also trying to say- but failing miserably. He showed that my College classes I has taken were out of date on the division of mankind into races- and did so without calling me a racist.
In a GD thread on Vouchers, another person thought my interpretation of Bushes plan was wrong. And, you know- maybe my interpretation WAS wrong (or, maybe his was, I still can’t figure/agree out what Bush meant). But rather than just point out where he thought i was wrong- he called me a “liar”. And that sort of tactic works SO well in eradicating ignorance. :rolleyes:
However, another poster who was harrassing me- I decided to simply pay no attention to him any more. To ignore his rhetoric, the loaded questions, the sly innuendos & the ad hominem arguements. Well, he has been SO angry at me ruining his fun, he has been spreading a “big lie” about me- which I will not dignify with mentioning. But my tactic did work.
So- if you are being an “asshole”, or maybe just a “jerk”- i will not debate with you anymore. No more ad hominem arguements, personal attacks, etc. Play nice or i won’t play at all. I might give folks who have not used these tactics a warning. However, in general, I will simply respond by a link to this thread. So- have fun, but you have been warned.