Some self-censorship of ad hominem attacks please

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    Aug 21, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    JB82Enjoy reading continuous shitty debates engendered by southbeach1500 and rickrick91. But don't start any threads pointing this out the obscene and obnoxious vituperations these two fanatics ensue...because you'll be expurgated.

    This site is still lagging behind the mentality of the internet, policing it like it's an elementary playground. The administrators will invariably delete this thread and then my account. At least I'd stood up and said my part. It's a risk I'm willing to take. Rules need to become more lax on this site. This is ridiculous.

    This doesn't really belong in this subforum but I feel this is where it would be best served (try to find an ad hominem attack in the Gaining Weight or Music subforum). It's probably fair to say that more than half the posts here have NOTHING to do with gay news or events but are ad hominem attacks against the previous poster. These are just some quotes from the most recent posts (names deleted, and I'm not posting SB's posts since I've blocked him, and I'm skipping the routine "moron" and "idiot" name-calling):

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREThen again, I don't expect someone with a demonstrably myopic cerebral capacity to grasp this.

    I "strongly encourage" you to get a life.

    Just in case we'd wondered if you'd lost your gift for blathering pomposity.

    Awww fuck man. you do know how to clutter the air with hot air don't you? I think you alone are responsible for global warming with the crap that emanate from you

    What head? You in particular don't have a head. Why can't you just get eaten by a swamp creature and die already?

    If everybody were to just self-censor before they post anything, and ignore an ad hominem attack, this forum would be much more informative to read.

    What happened to basic civility?

    (And, for the above, I fully expect to be attacked in an ad hominem fashion.)

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    Aug 21, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    Your point is valid, but probably will not gain traction. Most of these kind of attacks occur when the poster has a compelling need to respond, but does not have either the facts or intelligence to respond without resorting to ad hominems.

    Without dealing with specific ideologies, you see this most often when someone holds an ideology strongly, but does not have the facts or the ability to explain the basis for their strong beliefs.
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    Aug 21, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    OK, so maybe I should rephrase this:

    If you can't post some facts or figures supporting your point, please try to refrain from posting ad hominem attacks until you have the facts.

    For learning civility, we should all move to Japan, Switzerland or some Scandinavian country, but maybe New York would be a good substitute:
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    Aug 21, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    One person on here that needs a good, hard lesson in civility and effective communication is JB82. This man does nothing but hurl vicious insults at people and calls them nasty names ex: fucking moron. JB82 accuses me of ad hominen attacks but he just doesn't possess the full mental capacity to realize that he rightfully earned those so-called ad hominen attacks. He is among the most insensitive on this website. JB82 has this horrible habit of forgetting that you only get what you earned in life.
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    Aug 21, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    While I share your sentiments, roadbikeRob, you just did exactly what I'm trying to prevent--you called JB82 names and commented on his mental capacity. Just ignore his comments unless he tries to make a decent argument (viz. our debate on biological error).