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    I think this discussion has gone far afield and has become kind of moot. The point is that unless you're a sociopath, it's not difficult to curtail your vitriol and avoid being wildly offensive. It's just not a priority for some.
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    For those interested, the technical debate about the difference between public and private discourse has been moved here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    ...it's not difficult to curtail your vitriol...
    There's nothing wrong with curtailing your vitriol... but do it in private, and wash your hands afterward.

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    "Within reason" and "common sense" are important things to understand. Understand them, people. Let's make this world, and forum, a better place!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    So you'll see one or two bannings - maybe one or two of you will get smacked upside the head by us.
    I should probably have a few more warnings for calling someone's idea stupid.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I should probably have a few more warnings for calling someone's idea stupid.
    That seems like it would be a fair enough comment to me, providing it is demonstrably stupid, and you are prepared to do the demonstrating by analysing it as much as is necessary to prove your assertion

    Though it might indeed be more polite to merely imply the stupidity by way of the demonstration, there is sometimes no harm in making things explicit for those with shorter attention spans...

    Gratuitous name-calling with no more intention than to be inflamatory or upset someone seems like an entirely different matter to me. This is a purely destructive activity; the exploration of ideas, however, is usually constructive, and I don't see how calling a spade a spade in that context is harmful, providing it is done within reason. Sometimes it can help to clarify matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I should probably have a few more warnings for calling someone's idea stupid.
    Someone wants a smack...
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    What happened to Malovian?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    What happened to Malovian?
    Alas.
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