Manners. We seem to have lost them in our new Cyber World dimension. It is amazing really how the Blogosphere has allowed people to openly speak their minds and showing the vileness that resides inside. The Hate spewed upon our respective computer screens knows no bounds of Party affiliation crossing willy-nilly from one poster to another. CoH? Guidelines?? Who needs them right? It seems that those are just some kind of poorly crafted joke perpetrated upon those who think rules are meant to be followed. I can't really blame some people for retaliating in kind when they are being personally attacked by another user, but even that is supposedly against the rules.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm no angel. I can sink to the lowest of levels if allowed. I can talk about your parentage with the best of them. I can trade barbs so sharp that I could reduce you to tears, or insult you so subtlety you could mistake it for a compliment. That is one of the perks of hiding behind a keyboard: You can't see my condescending smile or hear the tonal sarcasm that would ordinarily accompany the comment. Too bad really, I would enjoy it so much more if I knew that you knew you were being insulted. Since I have agreed to behave myself here on the site I've deigned to visit, I tend to forgo my acidic replies that your poorly crafted insults bring to mind; most of the time that is.
I do not fault our active paid Admins for failing to enforce the civility codes. There are WAAAY too many comments to possibly check them all. I have even seen some of their unpaid assistant mods getting themselves a little dirty by deleting or warning one User for their comments while completely ignoring the multitudes of others, as bad or worse, that preceded or followed the infraction they did address. I guess some of them are not up to the task of unbiased code enforcement, or maybe they believe they will alienate their cyber friends if they do. Sorry, but if they were truly your friend, they would understand and refrain from putting you in that position in the first place. They would report the violations instead of inflaming the situation by joining in the flame fest.
This lack of manners is probably one of the main reasons we have such discord in our Political scene today. Whereas in times gone by we spoke to each other in direct communication where we knew exactly who we were speaking to, now the anonymity of screen names and icons puts a wall of indifference for other peoples feelings between ourselves and our fellow community members. No longer do we fear a spat in the eye or a punch in the nose should we cross the boundaries of polite discourse. No longer are we bound by the niceties inherent when speaking to a stranger. We no longer must respectfully listen to a rebuttal of our own personal views. Now we can simply ridicule the person instead of trying to understand why they have reached the conclusions they have. It is soooo much easier to talk trash than it is to argue the facts.
So next time you want to get personal, please keep in mind that even though I may not ask if your mother had any children that survived childbirth, I'm probably thinking it. Even though you won't hear me ask if inbreeding has lowered the IQ in ALL of your family tree, I'm most likely believing it has. Just because I don't compare you to a stereotype, I've probably lumped you into one of the categories your actions bring to mind. All of this simply because you lacked the manners to discuss an issue like an adult instead of acting like a 13 year old hiding in their Mom's basement playing on her computer without permission. I'm well aware that you could care less what I think of you. Not to worry, I feel the same way.
What hopefully IS important to you is that sooner or later your actions will be found out by those in charge. Don't fall for the false sense of security provided by seeing the long-established users acting like little shits in need of a good spanking. I can't explain how some of them have survived this long despite breaking the rules left and right on an almost daily basis. I imagine they are either very good at brown-nosing the Admins, or they have some really good blackmail photos. They have somehow earned a pass you and I are not privileged to have. Behave yourself, be polite, and who knows--you might actually convert some minds!
Now if I have offended you with my little rant, I sincerely hope it isn't because you are one of the ones breaking the rules. If that is the reason, I do not care. If I have done so in any other way, then I apologize and will be glad to discuss it (politely) with you so we can iron out our difference in opinion. We can either work it out, or agree to disagree (again, politely) while keeping the door open for future discussions on other topics. It is only through the exchanging of ideas that we actually learn new things after-all.
Mind the CoH when posting comments. Any name-calling orpersonal attacks will be deleted per the Guidelines!