The Team Captain
- May 17, 2010
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What happened to the political thread?
That was my basic argument against closing it. That, and the fact that a lot of very interesting things and newsworthy stories worth discussing are politically based, and talking on a board at one of the news sites is impossible to keep up with.Eh, people just need to accept that not everybody agrees with their point of view.
And, if your skin isn't thick enough to withstand the abrasions of an internet message board, then life is gonna treat you like a red-headed step child until the day you die.
An organized knife fight, is still a knife fight. Bring a blade, or don't come at all.
As children, at an age before any of us remember much, we begin a lifelong effort to learn rules, and then either accept and/or challenge them. We learn to move around within their confines, and make them work to our own advantage, and sometimes even to the advantage of others, so long as they don't conflict with our own. It's in the DNA.
It would be impossible to come up with a perfect arena to discuss such consistently passionate subjects. That there was an effort to provide for more realistic debate, in a virtual world, was a noble effort.
Too much regulation keeps the tone civil, but takes away from the reality of true expression. People do not passionately debate in person, the way the limits of a message board can restrict them to do.
Too little regulation skews things the other way. Things are said in the safety of cyberspace that might cost a tooth or two in the real world. When both parties can pretty much fire at will, they inevitably, will.
As for myself, I don't recall much happening in the PA that I thought, wouldn't. I found it all very entertaining. Both as an observer to the mayhem, and a contributor. I don't believe I've ever taken the first swing at anybody. But I have, and I saw others did as well, returned a smack to the back of the head, with a bazooka shot to the face. I see it as, if you want to take an unwarranted shot at me, there are no limits to my retaliation of choice. Other than the rules of the forum.
Which brings us back to the beginning. Rules.
The rules in place at the time, made it possible for things to go exactly as they did. This is no fault of the creators. It's in the DNA.
"Give'm an inch, they'll take a mile"