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The Prime Directive ...

By jardinier ·
for protocol in off-topic discussions is: attack the posting, not the poster.

Now I don't have a problem with newbies erring in this regard because, once the error of their ways is pointed out to them, one of two things will happen:

1. They will get the message and refrain from attacks on individuals, or,
2. They will NOT get the message and persist with their errant ways, and very smartly their TR membership will be cancelled.

And I have no problem with old timers sometimes becoming emotionally involved in a particular discussion and taking a swipe at another member. Lordy, Lordy, I was a pretty bad offender in this regard when I first joined TR.

HOWEVER, it seems that certain individuals just cannot accept this simple rule, and repeatedly flame other members.

To anyone who sees that this message is directed at them, I say: for heaven's sake, man -- when will you learn to act like an adult and not carry on like a spoiled brat?

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by voldar In reply to The Prime Directive ...

there is always a solution. What I dislike most is attacking on the person and not on the person's statement. The problem is that all of us have egos, so we tend to think that an attack to our statement = attack to our person. And let's face it, I think this is where the problems begin.

The best thing to do in this case is to reconsider our position, and think about if it is worthy or not to continue a discussion with someone that obviously does not know the difference between a discussion and being a jerk. As for myself, I am kind a lazy one, I don't like to make education with someone that for what I see has not. Of course, I respond to him about the fact that he's way out from the subject, but then, that's it. I don't really have interest in his statements at all. The most painful thing I think, for a "great mouth no brain" is to find himself alone, with no partners of discussion at all.

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