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The hidden comments will give you an idea where to look, but honestly I don't think I'd bother.  It's not one big fight, its a series of skirmishes.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 06:36:52 AM EST
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We have several new posters - "which is nice".

It is inevitable that it takes a while for new people to pitch their comments (or diaries) at the right level. There is an apparent sense of freedom at ET that encourages people to speak out - and I have no objection to that.

I say 'apparent' because in any community there develop unwritten rules of behaviour which can be both supportive and repressive. Because they are unwritten, it is hard for a newcomer to discover them. They are only revealed by engagement.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:12:20 AM EST
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I largely agree, but, in the case of (say) richardk, it seems as though the sort of behavior he has engaged in at times should not require learning through conversation here, but rather should not take place because a basic sense of decency in discussion.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:16:02 AM EST
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Well, I haven't been following closely, but it seems he did post a diary about High Speed Trains 2 days ago which seems to indicate a change of tack.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:20:07 AM EST
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True, but I think he went back to his original ways in some recent comments to redstar.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:21:14 AM EST
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And to Izzy, and Marek, and me.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:23:21 AM EST
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And rg, too, if I'm not mistaken.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:26:51 AM EST
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Nope, he's never been rude to me.  (That I can remember.)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:33:53 AM EST
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You're thick-skinned.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:39:55 AM EST
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No, seriously.  Here's his last comment directly to me.

You've partly reinvented the 'job complexes' of participatory economics. Not exactly a surprise since they make a lot of sense.
Speaking of automation, you may also be interested in reading Michael Goldhaber's essays, many on First Monday. Soon enough, money will no longer be effective in structuring even a fascist economy. Not that it was ever effective at structuring a human economy.

I'm a fan of participatory economics and First Monday seems interesting.

It's just that he keeps going off on one (but not at me personally--I'm pretty sure of that) and I...er...wanted to echo his tone back to him...humorously was my intention...because when he's not in CAPS LOCK--boldface--"I have a thin skin for EVIL" mode....(I have a thin skin for evil...issa classic.  I really would love to read a diary by richardk on the subject of

EVIL!

...t'would make interesting--and hopefully humorous--reading I think, though I could be wrong.)

Overall, it seems he has been a troll elsewhere (hat tip to balbuz)...and, well, my working definition of a troll is a person who seeks to derail...hmmm...the narrative line...in unwanted ways, in richardk's case by becoming suddenly offensive to posters.  So I became suddenly offensive to him.  But I honestly don't think he was ever offensive to me.  Or maybe I just forgot?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:53:44 AM EST
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If I meant anything, it was that he abusively troll-rated you.

But now I see you're pi in the sky: 3.14

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 10:57:22 AM EST
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Oh, I deserved--and expected--to be troll-rated...well, the hieronymus bosch didn't deserve to be troll-rated because it's beautiful.

Here it is again.

3.14!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 11:03:22 AM EST
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There are hidden comments?

There are never hidden comments.

C'est la vie.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 04:31:15 PM EST
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