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MetaTalk encourages a culture of whining to Matt and Jessamyn, and the belief that whoever whines loudest and longest about "unfair" "liberal" "groupthink" will eventually get the deletion they're begging for.
And knowing that whining works, it also encourages (I think -- Matt & Jessamyn see the flags and I don't) some ballot stuffing, where one member of a "gang" notifies all his compatriots, let's go after such-and-such a post.
Together, this combines a mob mentality with a whine and bitch and suck up to the admins approach, and it does the opposite of encouraging adults to act like adults. It just creates more dependence, more incentive to whine and form gangs, more and more dumbass navel-gazing in MetaTalk because the world isn't perfect and Mommy, Billy said I was a doodie-head! It's the Internet -- it's just other people's opinions -- get over it, kids!
<orthogonal> Here's the thing dan, I've ignored you for a while now. You post a thread, I don't comment in it. To avoid ANY PERCEPTION on your part that I'm being a dick to you.
<orthogonal> because I know that people by their very nature, read into other's actions their underlying motivations. I do it, you do, everyone does.
<dano> thoughts are private. comments are arent
<orthogonal> and when you made your promise, to complely ignore me, I figured our frictions were over.
Because I have kept to that, except when you've opened thinsg up.
So why did you make that pledge, if you knew you couldn't keep to it?
<dano> i didnt know it
<orthogonal> Ok, so you were sincere when you made the pledge?
<dano> sure, but considering my blood was boiling after yr 10 paragrapgh rant, i'm not sure if i was being completely rational
<orthogonal> Yes, well, I'm sure I was slightly annpyed as well. ;)
But having made the promise, why'd you decide not to adhere to it?
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<dano> whats yr point? i'm not going to go out of my way to avoid you just b/c yr an ass. i said i would, i'm not. call that what you will.
<orthogonal> Well, what would you call it if I'd said I'd do something, and then decided I wouldn't, dano?
<dano> i doubt i'd call it anything
<dano> were you looking for liar?
<orthogonal> But dano, I say I want to bury teh hatchet. But that doesn't work, because you periodically seem to feel the need to take up the hatchet again.
So what can we do about that?
<dano> what i said today was no hachet job
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<orthogonal> dano, you have kids, right?
<orthogonal> they ever get into spats?
<dano> one is too young still
<orthogonal> ah, lucky man.
But let's think forward five yeras.
<dano> do you?
<orthogonal> oh, fuck no. ;)
<dano> lets not. it's late.
<orthogonal> Ler's say your one kid smacks the other, and teh smacked kid smacks back ever harder and calls the first one ugly
<orthogonal> Which kid is at fault?
<orthogonal> dano, I'm trying to work things out with you.
<dano> no, you're trying to 'win'. apologize in one of the threads, then maybe we'll talk.
<orthogonal> You want me to apologize publicly for what, dano?
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