Tangled Metal wrote: Cugel wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:Moderation by the members hasn't happened yet. And I'm possibly as bad as anyone else.
Everything in moderation. Either a police state or good advice on how to escape obesity.
With the ease of creating new emails and masking your ip address a ban might only be a small inconvenience. Pointless in the long term. On another forum or more there's serial new identity types. Appear, post a load of provocative stuff, get onto arguments or start them and stand back. Then you get a ban and a new username to restart, slowly at first then gradually you become more obvious and get called out as the same person. Never done that myself but seen it. You eventually learn to spot an individual's online language and posting style. That's harder to keep hidden than your identity.
This is TM
Trying to out drivel Cugel, with less style but some degree of success with the drivel bit.
It takes years of practice to drivel drivel that's not just
drivel! I should know.
I still haven't worked out if that's a compliment or not.
I think that's your particular online talent. After reading what you post I often still don't know what you're actually saying. That's part of the golden age of online drivel and a standard I can only admire.
It gladdens myheart that you get the point! The postings hereabouts (and probably in similar cyberspace hangouts) are of various kinds and serve all sorts of poster-intents. I like to try most of them, from angry expostulation about a perceived injustice to exploring the undoubted ambiguities of most aspects of being a human. In between them all are the opportunities to tease and mock both oneself and the other pontificators. It's just a more entertaining mode of introspection, see?
The latter is my favourite, though but. Drivelling on about something in a manner inviting or even suggesting alternative views often elicits the alternative views - all sorts, of various hues and shapes. These may be contained in a posting-bucket composed largely of gravel and mud but often containing also hidden golden nuggets of enlightenment; or small jewels of sense; perhaps even a whole new-outlook necklace!
As you may have noticed, I feel wary of the notions of absolute truth, certainty and all the other attitudes that tend to ossify brains. I put this down to my schooling, which was full of rules of a very specific and adamantine nature but seemingly no point or utility. That can affect a sensitive lad like me.