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History repeating itself
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Tom A    Posted 11-20-2003 at 10:59:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Few years back we had two Kountry websites, one for country lore and how too and the other for shootin' the bull. The other site got shut down because it couldn't be kept civil...folks getting outraged and rude with each other.

Every once in awhile, this site gets on a topic that gets everyone doing the same thing--a year ago it was the war, now it is the Mass. homosecksual issue.

Don't think anybody is going to change anybody else's mind on these issues: most of us are too hard headed, few are listening, and others are just taking advantage to be rude and inflammatory.

I'm going to respectfully suggest we all just chill out and discuss other things before the board gets out of hand. The name calling and bitter language isn't doing anything for anybody.

Tom


Indydirtfarmer    Posted 11-21-2003 at 05:39:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm a regular on the Tractor Tales board, and somewhat of a "lurker" on this one. I used to "frequent" several other boards, on other sites. here is what I've noticed about ALL of them.
If you don't want to be offended, then stay out of offensive subjects.
When you argue with someone "less than inteligent", you are less than THEIR inteligence.
Some people will argue/disagree/find fault with/be offended/ect. with any subject. That's THEIR problem.
There are many people out there, that will play "devils advocate" and take the unpopular side of an arguement, just to stir up trouble, even though they don't agree with what THEY'RE saying themselves.
Most of the time, those folks that constantly voice opinions contrary to popular opinion, will soon realize they aren't welcome, and soon leave.

It is everyones right, and to a certain point, their responsibility, to express their opinions with others. Just respect those rights, and understand that we're all not the same.

This is a good board! plain and simple. It won't go away. There will be some "touchy subjects" from time to time. Don't be demoralized when the majority doesn't fall in line with your belief's. By the same token, don't be upset when even those that agree with you, allow contrasting opinions to be aired.
And lastly, set a good example, be kind, and hopefully you will influence others, by you "kinder- gentler" demeanor. JMHO, John


Ron,Ar    Posted 11-20-2003 at 14:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I disagree,sorta. Best to get it off your chest and then move on without holding grudges. I don't think any less of Paula for her views than before. I admire her courage just not her viewpoint. I also admire Corey's courage, it's consistant. If we all thought alike it would be boring. We all just have to stand up for our individual ideals and be civil about them. It doesn't lessen our own stand,just makes us easier to deal with.


Cindi    Posted 11-20-2003 at 14:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best way of policing ourselves is not to avoid sensitive issues. It is to avoid sensitive people. When a thread starts getting heated, stay away from it, take away the fuel, it will die.

I hate being restricted in thoughts and opinions, it gets really tiresome when you have to stop and think...now how many poeple am I going to tick off with this? People LET themselves get ticked off. It's not mandatory.


Bob in CO.    Posted 11-20-2003 at 17:45:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well said Cindi - I'm with you. I think this is a VERY decent thread comprised of a lot of terrific folks with diverse opinions. As they say - the DELETE key is your best friend. If you don't want to join the fray stay on the sidelines. Good food for thought here AND some great information.


Ludwig    Posted 11-20-2003 at 13:01:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup... Seen it happen where tales nearly got shut down. CG was shut down, seen lotsa other sites get shut down.

Lenore, don't apologize for the post, but you should probably know by now that a topic like that is going to bring out the fire in people, it always does.

I don't feel so ornery this afternoon..... I'm just tired. I hate being the boss, and its only my first full day.


Clipper    Posted 11-20-2003 at 11:37:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Valid point you make there Tom but I don't agree completely with you. What's next...a list of allowed topics with no exceptions? Fact is the cities are getting empty and the country is filling up....along with the people come problems as well as issues.Those issues and problems will show up on this forum without a doubt. Prolly the best that can be requested of anyone who comes to this forum is that reasonable civility be exercised.On any topic posted a nerve is gonna get hit on one or more folks and they will respond with the passion of their opinion or belief.When things start to get out of hand then it is the forum moderators job to put the brakes on and restore civil order. Have a good one....


who mentioned a list?    Posted 11-20-2003 at 12:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did I say "list"?

Nope, I simply suggested that we police ourselves before somebody else does.

Problem with type-written discussions about certain topics on which we're passionate is that they get out of hand much faster than in real life because nobody is looking at the other person eyeball to eyeball. So it becomes easier to think the individual writing claptrap is a mere twit and treat him as such.

anyway, do or say what you want as there is no list and no thought police here just a bunch of good folks and a couple of twits. :-)

Tom A


Clipper    Posted 11-20-2003 at 12:48:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya should not put yerself down like that Tom.... :^)

BTW: If you read the post I only ASKED what's next...a list. Have a good 1 !!!!


~Lenore    Posted 11-20-2003 at 11:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree, clipper.
I really thought everone expressed their opinions and feelings on the issues in an adult and reasonable manner.
Different opinions should not mean no communication on those subjects.
Even well digging, barn raising and septic pumping brings out differences. LOL
I know living in the country does not exempt us from the influences of laws being passed in the cities, unless it is a city law.
The influence is felt not only in the state where a law is passed; it is felt in surrounding states and gradually in all 50.

I apologize for bringing up the subject of Massachusetts new legislation. I knew we had a poster or two from there and I wondered how they felt. I am not sure if any responded.


slim    Posted 11-20-2003 at 12:34:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I also thought almost all did a very good job of keeping it civil. I disagreed with some and when they replied I didn't feel attacked at all. I hope no one felt attacked by what I said because I certainly didn't mean to.

slim


sdg    Posted 11-20-2003 at 12:16:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, please don't apologize for starting that post. You have as much right as Tom, Dick or Harry has to express your opinion. There will be things that not everyone can agree on, but never apoligize for your beliefs. That's what make the US the land of the Free.


Mike D.    Posted 11-20-2003 at 11:06:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right again Tom, as usual. Durn...

Did you see that electric mouse trap? What a hoot. I'm going to build one with an old charger we have laying on a shelf. Maybe now I'll stop having mice nest in to oil and fuel filter fibers. Later- Mike D.


deadcarp    Posted 11-20-2003 at 15:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
it had been a few years but my trusty old b john deere still turned over, so i decided to actually invest a jug of gas and drag something around with it. the sun was out, so were the plugs and i checked coolant and whatnot, by then the battery was charged so i jerked the choke & tried for fire. at the first pop i was showered with acorns from the muffler, debating whether to run or stick it out. it must have taken 5 minutes for the rest of them to come smoking out! that afternoon our old honda civic wouldn't start and there was another stash of acorns by the air cleaner. boy those critters never quit! :)


oh man,    Posted 11-20-2003 at 15:53:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
my ribs hurt from laughin with you on this one deadcarp. And I forgot to mention I laughed about the carbide tank your Dad planted. Thanks- today I needed a good laugh. M.D.


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