This sort of behavior has no place on MetaFilter. September 12, 2001 12:20 PM   Subscribe

This sort of behavior has no place on MetaFilter. I know that people are upset, but that's really no excuse.
posted by anapestic to MetaFilter-Related at 12:20 PM (7 comments total)

I suppose a case can be made that it's fine to say that you want innocent civilians to be killed, but perhaps we should draw the line at calling someone a "pi[e]ce of shit"?
posted by anapestic at 12:35 PM on September 12, 2001

Seconded. That thread has made me physically ill. The lack of respect is tangible, and sickening.
posted by J. R. Hughto at 12:38 PM on September 12, 2001

M.Polo really was flipping out in that thread. Wow. He is clearly very upset, and usually not like that. I think that being online, at MeFi might not be the best thing if you're going through tremendous and anti-social emotional strife.
posted by Doug at 1:05 PM on September 12, 2001

Reading through some more of these threads...lots of long time members saying shit I can't IMAGINE them saying normally. Saying things they will undoubtedly be embarrassed of when things cool down and rationality returns.
MeFi was great the morning of the attack. Being able to read live news from people all over the world as it happened. It really helped disseminate important information to a lot of people. But now that the emotions are high, it seems to be degrading in spots. People really shouldn't be posting here just to vent their frustration.
posted by Doug at 1:12 PM on September 12, 2001

Seconded. That thread has made me physically ill. The lack of respect is tangible, and sickening.

Heh. Bigot, warmonger, embarassment to my country, that's OK, but "piece of shit" is way out of line? Respect is a two-way street, boss.

That said, I do think that m.polo got a little wacky there. In light of events, maybe we can bust off a bit of forgiveness we were saving and let him have it. Emotions are running high lately.
posted by UncleFes at 1:26 PM on September 12, 2001

As bad as it gets in here, out in the yahoo boards, it's much worse. People yelling 'kill them all' and such. The nerve is too raw, the pain too fresh, for most (if any) to think rationally.
posted by tj at 3:35 PM on September 12, 2001

So far, there is noone here who has the right to lecture me about respect right now.

Wrong. Sorry, but wrong. You have my sympathies as well, m.polo, but you seem to think you're the only person hurting, and that magically gives you the right to lash out.
That's simply not the case, I'm afraid.

Singling out m.polo is a little unfair, though. Like Doug said, lots of long time members are saying things in the heat of the moment that are surprising and shocking. The fury and hurt people are expressing at the moment are normal reactions. The fact that we can't pat someone on the back after outbursts like the ones we are seeing, can't see their face as they realize what they've said, the fact that this is all filtered through our keyboards, means that we can't just behave naturally and we have to chew it all over with words.

My point? I hope m.polo and others calm down and return to some semblance of reason, and the anger and hatefulness end. But if not, I'll shed no tears.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:23 PM on September 12, 2001

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