Posted by Dinah on October 10, 2004, at 1:15:04
In reply to Re: No hard feelings either dinah, posted by newwife on October 10, 2004, at 0:52:13
I understand. While I have an unreasonable fondness for the PBC (Please Be Civil) after spending many a sleepless night in fear of getting one, I do understand that the word "Civil" has wider connotations than Babble rules. And that being told to be civil sounds like a personal indictment, while in truth I don't believe Dr. Bob intends it to be.
I can think of far better wording, yet I can't say I'd campaign for it because of my admitted fondness for the history involved.
Perhaps an additional canned paragraph in the PBC could add that civility has a particular meaning in Babble, not the general meaning in the community. Clearly some PBC's involve actual incivility, and others are more accurately described as violations of Babble rules. So a Please Read and Follow Babble Rules would be more appropriate in some cases, if less catchy than a PBC.
Ordinarily, I would offer to have you Babblemail me to discuss the applicability of Babble rules in this instance, althouth it would be utterly insufferable of me to do it, I know. But I also know I'm more likely to spend a lot of words trying to get a dialogue to explain than Dr. Bob probably would. And I can see you have a genuine desire to understand what happened.
But unfortunately I'm not in any real shape right now to gather my thoughts well enough to be helpful in that way. If you have any interest in doing so, I could offer to do so in the future. I know, I know, I'm being insufferable and know it all-y. It's just that I've made such a study of Dr. Bob's civility rulings and the rules themselves. I guess I have some deep seated desire to share what I've gleaned over the years. I'm trying to overcome it. I really am.