Awesome. I will attempt to be more diligent about search. Nevertheless, that is the least cut and dried fork in the flow - for example - this post is, on the one hand, a rehash of other posts but, on the other it is also a fresh take and worthy of constant attention.
Let's see if anyone who didn't already get it comments. In fact, if you hadn't thought this through before and Dr. Grogan's handy flow chart has made it clear to you - please acknowledge his helpfulness (and I am not being snarky.) It took me a moment to get it. It is always possible to not have thought something through and, thereby, put enthusiasm ahead of courtesy.
Really starting to think the blogs should just be buried to a group somewhere, discontinued altogether
That would be surrendering to the inane-o-bots.
or subject to panel approval before publication
And that is the unpalatable last resort. My preferred option, which is the same as that which is used at larger and older sites than this, is a combination of moderation that has teeth, yet is capable of both restraint and objective judgment (most of the mods are already exemplary in their approach, but not all); and cultural pressure to promote quality from the user base itself (that's us) - both in leading by example and not being shy tell post abusers that they are being dicks and explaining why. The process of elevating expected minimum standards eventually will become pervasive enough that it does police itself.
There is a video of the Pope's 'exorcism' caught on film. The man isn't demon possessed, there are likely no 'real' demons. He's just delusional and doesn't want to accept personal responsiblity for his own behavior for his own dysfunctional life.
There is an ad that reads ' Do you support 'traditional' marriage? Vote Now"! .
No, I don't support 'traditional' marriage because there is no such thing. I support heterosexual and same-sex couples marry each other legally , yes. 'Traditional' marriage promoters largely do not believe that heterosexual women are co-equal to their husbands. Their only purpose in 'traditional' marriage is to sexually satisfy their husbands if they can and raise children and do all…
i've got no problem with everyone saying "merry christmas" on christmas day. however, they've turned it into an entire holiday season where it lasts a month or more. in those situations it should be perfectly acceptable to say "happy holidays" or call it a…
I posted the bulk of this on another thread, but wanted to add some context separately.
I finally confronted my faith and embraced the fact of my atheism late last August, 2012. Days after I revealed my "epiphany" to a few friends who knew me from another message board, my sister died from Lou Gehrig's Disease (which pissed her off because she hated catching a disease from someone she never f---ed).
THAT was my sister, understand? She was a beautiful, life-loving, potty-mouthed…