[FoRK] What is Reason?

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Thu May 3 18:10:46 PDT 2007

paul wrote:
> While "culture of abusive conversation" is one way of looking at it, I 
> don't think that is the FoRK way.
Abuse is not in the eye of the beholder.  [Insert Eurythmics song.]
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> I think we stumbled into a group of close friends with years of back 
> room jokes and history that we can never know.  So, for a poor 
> example, when JB calls Tom a jerk, it's not because Tom /is/ a jerk... 
> it's kind of like shooting rubber bands across the room and JB misses 
> and hits Whump.  :)
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> This is a real interesting place and the folks are friendly.  A few 
> live in Austin.  I might meet them some day.  I hope none carry an 
> ax.  You know what "they" say about meeting on-line friends.
If they have an ax, it is only to grind it.

Are there any other kind of friends these days?

I'll probably be in Mountain View in a week, for a week (M-F).  Is 
anyone available for dinner?

sdw
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> Oh, and to save Ms Spellchecker the trouble, it is "gauge", not 
> "guage".  You're welcome.  <vbg>
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> Lion Kimbro said the following on 5/3/2007 3:16 PM:
>>  A lot of smart people make fundamental mistakes about
>>  "What's rational?" and "Who's being rational?"
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>>  These are criticial questions.
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>>  == Note on FoRK Culture & Response ==
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>>  FoRK has a culture of abusive conversation.
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>>  I don't want to participate in that.  If I perceive valuable ideas or
>>  challenges amidst the combat, I lean against responding.
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>>  The only thing I feel obligated to comply with, is a generally,
>>  genuinely felt request to leave.  I rely on messages here, and private
>>  messages, to guage that.
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