Off Topic: Meanies!
on comp.compression is like one of those depressing movies where you suddenly realize you don’t like any
of the characters.
There’s this guy, you think maybe he’s misguided and needs a few pointers to realize he’s trying to create a perpetual motion machine. But no, he turns out to be a complete troll with sock puppets flying in formation.
And his interlocutors? Are they patient, nice people pushed over the edge by his behaviour? No, they come across as just plain mean, like a group of nerds in the high school cafeteria laughing at someone because he isn’t as smart as they think they are. Yes, the guy is a troll, but there’s absolutely no need to be so rude to him. Especially when plonk
is a key press away.
My experience is that rude behaviour is never
forced upon people by circumstance. Some people are rude by nature, some people aren’t. Don’t tell me you have to be rude to people like him because of such and such. That’s just rationalization.
Argue with idiots, and you become an idiot.
The moral of the story is this: do not be lured into taunting or insulting someone on the premise that they are wrong, stupid, or rude themselves. They’re an idiot. Fine. Keep that opinion to yourself. Sharing it with the whole world literally drags you into the muck and reflects very poorly on your character.
I am not giving you advice here, I am sharing a painful realization. Looking back on many of my own exchanges, once the heat of the moment passes, I am often dismayed at what I have written, at the tone I have taken, at the sheer meanness of my flames.
Learn from my experience: if there is no intellectual benefit to be had from a discussion, walk away.
p.s. My comment policy on my blog, as always, is that rudeness to me is always tolerated. Well, I prefer that you not be profane, as a courtesy to other readers, but being mean to me is always acceptable.