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Old 08-02-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default stop ruining your reputation/making yourself look... dumb -_-

I have been to many forums and this one is the most laid back of all of them.
I did learn lessons from those stricter forums and to name one of them is, "Don't make a thread about something that will start a one sided argument (everyone against you)." Think about how people will react to your thread/post BEFORE you post it. Read it over from a different view point to make sure that the message you are trying to convey isn't easily taken the wrong way.
If you do make a post and it goes the wrong way, walk away from it. Don't keep on posting trying to salvage it. People will just take it as one of those times were you done something stupid and then forget it. If you draw it out it is, "Boy that dude is a bitch."

Yeah I know, I make dumb mistakes too and some of my posts or threads have made me look like a retard. I, however, look back at them and go, "Oi, you kinda looked dumb" and then not say something along those lines again.


Just trying to help. The intent of this was not to "bash" anyone. I just figured since we have had two posts along these lines here recently we would get a "third time charm" thing goin on.


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Good points.

You are, of course, presuming we might have had any kind of decent reputation to ruin in the first place though. Speaking personally

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If you think it will cause an argument, do not post it.
Glock and 1911 would be banned words if everyone followed that.
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1. Remember, it is only the internet.
2. Just because he is a freaking idiot, it is not necesary that YOU tell him he is a freaking idiot. If he is, others will draw the same conclusion.
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Just trying to help. The intent of this was not to "bash" anyone. I just figured since we have had two posts along these lines here recently we would get a "third time charm" thing goin on.

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If you think it will cause an argument, do not post it.
Mmmkay? As the originator of one of the threads "along these lines", i feel the need to say a couple of things in response. First, informed discussion & debate is one of the most successful & well-regarded methods of expanding group knowledge and has been since, at least, the time of Plato.

Second, I think that one of us may be misunderstanding the purpose(s) for posting a thread on a forum; i have started forum threads (here & elsewhere) to give others a "heads-up" on an emerging issue, to seek help with a technical question, to seek input on an idea i'm having, to vent frustration at a situation (rants usually go better as a post rather than an entire thread), sometimes to attempt to persuade others that my opinion has merit, and occaisionally, to amuse myself and others. I don't remember starting a thread to insure that my opinions are in-line with those of my fellow forumites, though i have certainly made many posts to express my agreement with another's post/opinion.

If i didn't think a thread would draw commentary, discussion, or even some arguing, i doubt i would start the thread on that topic.

If others think me daft based on the epinions i express in a thread, then they should state their thoughts on why i seem to be a moron or ill-informed to educate me. After all, if i am completely wrong about something, i'd rather be told by people whose opinions i respect.

As for dipping out completely on a thread in which my opinion appears to be in the VAST minority, that seems like a wussy way to leave a discussion. It would seem more appropriate to simply state that my opinion seems to be in the minority and that it appears i should evaluate my stand on this issue. I've been wrong about MANY things in my life, and i've grown a good bit by learning i was wrong and why AND by learning that, though i may not be "wrong," i may hold the minority opinion for a given group.

Not trying to bash your opinion, just letting you know why I post & what i post, not why & what everyone absolutely must post. It is a free country (more or less) and you guys can post for whatever reason you wish, IMO.
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