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Nice try American, but that was a sad, sad attempt at humor.
Really good question, btw.
It depends and this is an issue that irritates me a lot, here. There are issues that get folks angry, and expressing that anger is not the problem. It is HOW it is expressed. Remember, PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING. Comments like "all liberals hate America", or "all conservatives are fascists" are flamebait and irrelevant absolutes. They do nothing to further debate; they are inaccurate foolishness that does nothing but demonstrate the hackery and overgeneralized, misrepresentative self-serving attacks of the person making them. Makes THAT person look ridiculous. Best thing one can do in situations like this is one of two things: 1) ignore the person; they've added nothing intelligent to the debate anyway, or 2) confront them on the logical fallacy of their absolute statement, and publicly make them look silly.
Fortunately, we have a lot of good posters here, who are good at both of the above response actions. Folks who do things like that get called on their behavior. Doesn't always stop it, but it does act as a warning for posters on who to really listen to and who to not.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
Humor is my antidote for my own anger.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
I voted no. I think putting "Rootabega" in polls is an example of disruptive behaviours that prevents actual debate.
I find often we are all guilty, on occasion, of going into a debate thinking our own stance is all that matters and we are right, no matter. Some posters are alot worse than others and its futile trying to present an opposing viewpoint. Some go further and advocate being the root of epistemology
Europe is in the midst of disaster, only, they do not realize.
I post on quite few Forums, and this one hands down, has the most personal attacks. The pattern seems to be, if you have no argument, then just slam the poster. It does get tiring, but I don't care. Not like I got anything that important to say any how. Just killin time till I die. hahahhahahahah
"Don't be particular bout nothin, but the company you keep"