8-1/2 Simple Rules...
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(I previously posted this in the thread about shutting down the website... upon further review, I thought it would be valuable as a thread of its own.)
1. Don't enter a battle of wits unarmed.
2. Don't say anything you can't (or won't) stand behind.
3. Read others' posts carefully before you respond.
4. Read your own response carefully before you post.
5. If you enter a hotly debated thread, don't be afraid to take a little heat.
6. When things do get too hot for you, leave. Don't ask Robo to turn on the air conditioner. Nobody likes the chilling effect.
7. Facts are facts, and the internet is full of them. If you want more credibility, find them and use them.
8. Opinions are opinions, and people are full of them. Don't act shocked or offended if other people's don't exactly match yours.
8-1/2. Have a sense of humor. Some people use humor to get serious points across. Recognize it. Laugh if you think it's funny. Groan if you don't. If you don't get it, you're better off saying nothing about it.
This place has been and, Robo willing, will continue to be a wonderful place to exchange information and opinions. Enjoy it as such!
SOCRATES VIEW ON GOSSIP
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In ancient Greece (469-399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student, let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and . . ."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter. The filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary ..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true?" The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued. "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really ..."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True, nor Good, nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed. This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem . . . . . . . it also explains why he never found out that Plato was shagging his wife.
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I don't want to read comments about players negative appearances on this forum. These threads get ugly fast and serve no purpose other than to hurt people we don't even know.
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players negative appearances
Do you mean what they look like or a negative (i.e. bad) performance? I know, I'm slow but, I'm having trouble grasping the true meaning of the new rule..
can you explain when you get a second...
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Physical appearance is what I'm talking about. The way they look. Those negative comments open the flood gate for comments that are designed to be hurtful. Physical performance is fine.
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Do you mean what they look like or a negative (i.e. bad) performance?
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You should add some
persuasive essay topics to the disclaimer. It would be interesting for all students and you can attend more visitors to your forum.