Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Request to Our Commenters

Please try to debate these posts in a civilized manner. I know that emotions can get rubbed raw due to the sensitive nature of the subject being discussed, but the operative rule here is the same as in soccer; play the ball not the man. Too many insults are being slung and not enough facts. These do little to help the cause of debunking the "Truthers". And please, eliminate the obscenities. If you wouldn't want your grandmother to hear what you're saying, don't say it!

19 Comments:

At 20 July, 2006 11:16, Blogger JPSlovjanski said...

Awwwww come on..PLEASE!!!

I agree that it is important to maintain the factual arguments, but I also believe there are certain times when it is appropriate to label these people as they are, particularly in the case where they have been corrected numerous times and still insist on repeating the same already-debunked claims.

"DA HIJACKERS IS STILL ALIVE!!!1"

"No, none of them are alive."

"Duuuuuhh.. yes dey R!!!"

 
At 20 July, 2006 11:49, Blogger JoanBasil said...

I think Pat is talking about the potty-mouth stuff. They want this website to be a success and bring in lots of commenters and maybe some ad revenue eventually. The foul language/sex talk is a drag on the site. Personally, I think those who do it are disrespectful of Pat and James.

 
At 20 July, 2006 11:59, Blogger Pat said...

Joan, I doubt very much we will get advertising on this site. Knowing Google Ads, they'd put up ads for Loose Change and David Ray Griffin's latest book.

I wouldn't mind making money off this, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Even with the blog getting 1000+ hits a day we'd probably get about $2/day in ad revenue; that's not even worth the effort.

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:12, Blogger James B. said...

Now if we could make a movie, and sell 100,000 copies at $17.95 a pop...

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:20, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

D.A. = "But its all about the truth man, not the money. We give away alot of our DVDs, and we have our video on Google Video."

ya, right.

I agree abou the language comment, mainly because it is sinking to the level of many of the D.A.'s out their. It is hard to say you're being rational and intellectual about this, if you are using profanity to make a point, even if it si one of frustration.

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:21, Blogger Jujigatami said...

My grandmother had a positively FILTHY mouth.

So can I still call the CTers F***wads?

OK, OK I'll clean it up.

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:25, Blogger Jujigatami said...

I'd love to know what words besides profanity accurately describes the garbage that CTers spout.

And the antisemetic garbage that comes out of Nesnyc, I mean come on, is there really a non profanity laced description of that crap?

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:31, Blogger Pepik said...

I think its the right approach. They are already going on about holographic planes and other complete insansity, why not "generously" allow them to have a monopoly on obscenities and personal attacks? Give them enough rope to hang themselves.

 
At 20 July, 2006 12:48, Blogger Pat said...

Antisemitism? Jew-baiting? Holocaust denial?

There are a lot of precise terms for what Nesnyc comes up with.

 
At 20 July, 2006 13:05, Blogger Alex said...

Alright Joan, if you don't like the potty-mouth, I'll just stick to using descriptive yet "non-potty" terms for you and your ilk. Like PONTI, or gluebag. Will that make you happy?

 
At 20 July, 2006 13:25, Blogger shawn said...

When people fail to use critical thinking and make a mockery of the death of 3000 Americans (not to mention the day I honestly thought America was at its end) I often use language I don't use in polite company.

 
At 20 July, 2006 13:32, Blogger Manny said...

As do I, but I'll be mindful that they are making that mockery in someone else's house here. I won't shy away from calling them the evil terrorist supporters they are, but I'll leave the f-bomb for my own house and theirs. This place belongs to P and J.

 
At 20 July, 2006 13:45, Blogger Abby Scott said...

I think that is g**d*** reasonable f*****g request, one that will help foster some pig-f*****g good discourse, and I will mo******g abide by the sh*t.

Asterix aside, makes excellent sense.

 
At 20 July, 2006 13:50, Blogger apathoid said...

Can we still use the "F" word when its not included in a personal attack? It can be a really descriptive, handy, and versatile word :D

 
At 20 July, 2006 15:12, Blogger default.xbe said...

didnt george carlin do a whole bit on how f*** is the most versatile word in the english language? funny stuff

 
At 20 July, 2006 18:34, Blogger Pat said...

It's actually one of the least useful words in the world. F'ing as an adjective tells me nothing. An f'ing idiot is not obviously dumber than an idiot.

And 99% of the time it's actually used as a very lazy verb. When you say that "so and so f'ed me over" I have no idea what actually happened (other than you're not happy about it).

Indeed, the only reason people use the word is to indicate that they are seriously angry about the subject at hand. Which I think we can all understand from either side in this debate.

 
At 20 July, 2006 19:10, Blogger shawn said...

Since I'm from the Greater Boston Area I use "wicked" as my adjective of choice.

 
At 20 July, 2006 22:04, Blogger Pat said...

Ah, how about that Carl Yastrzemski? Wicked stick!

 
At 21 July, 2006 03:18, Blogger shawn said...

Yaz!!!!

 

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