Most of you have seen my posts and can pretty much describe my debate style with less than flattering comments. And to be fair, I’ve realized recently that I do indeed need to tone it down. Before, I was basically a debater who swung insults and facts with equal gusto. I seek to change my methods as they are not meeting my goal on here. While many see me as some sort of brutish American who simply debates due to boredom and criticizes other’s posts with as much sensitivity as brick to the face – it’s for a reason. I DESPISE stupidity, ignorance, ineptitude, and every other word that can be related to the actions of a retard. So much so that I’ve made it my goal to raise the quality of the debates on this site by using very aggressive means to annihilate posts that are lackluster, ill-conceived, ridiculous, or downright dumb. By this way, I had hoped to get everyone (both visitors and ‘Pilers alike) to really THINK before they post though a sort of low-level fear of being shown as a fool. Simplified – “tough love” without the love.
However, it seems I’ve grown overzealous in this regard and it’s only leading to a bunch of “debaters” tripping over themselves trying to get back at me. As laughable as their attempts are, it seems that I’ve actually become a sort of instigator of stupidity (through their actions), than the leading cause of its downfall. So, I’ve decided to tone down my debate style in a number of ways. The most important is to refrain from insult until I’ve already shown why a point/view/evidence/etc. was stupid/wrong/invalid and if they press the point – then bring the pain. The second is to drop my perceptions of certain debaters and give them a blank slate from now on. From this point – Everyone, and I mean everyone, is worth listening too, until they seriously screw up again. Which….. Sadly won’t be too hard for some of us, will it? The last is that, from now on, no profanity directed at another until it’s first directed at me. In other words, I won’t write F*ck, Sh%t, @$$, or any other cuss word (and directed at another in a derogatory manner) as long as the ones that I debate with respect the same.
I also compel others to take similar efforts to reduce the amount of flaming, profanity, and general “new fish” behavior on this site. Just because people make mistakes, doesn’t mean they’re retarded, stupid, or just devoid of all of their brain cells. It’s the repetition of mistakes that makes someone truly an inept individual. So…. considering the recent tone of most of my “debates,” I’m willing to let everyone to make a couple mistakes and still keep it civil, respectful, and even helpful. If I’m willing to take a step, will you do the same fellow ‘Pilers?
Oh… don’t abuse this clean slate I’m giving everyone. If you insist upon repeatedly making ridiculous mistakes, making logical jumps the size of the Grand Canyon, ignoring the rules, not thinking at all, or insulting me just for the sake of getting back at me – I’ll be more than willing to bring the pain in the form of two metaphorical canes, that weight several tons each.