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The Doctrine of Bob Infallibility

Posted by Atticus on October 11, 2004, at 11:01:49

In reply to Re: please be civil newwife, posted by Dr. Bob on October 11, 2004, at 5:40:05

Jesus, Bobby, you are really something. I feel angry that you appear to believe you are above the very rules that you set for everyone else. Specifically, the ubiquitous PBC line you toss out: "Please don't post anything that could lead others to feel accused or put down." I feel, like so many others who posted, that your response to newwife contained uncalled-for and unjustifiable elements of sarcasm and mean-spiritedness. In any case, she unambiguously told you that she felt "hurt and put down" by the remark. No guesswork or interpretation required on your part to see that under the PBC rules, you earned yourself a PBC. The number of posts you let go by before actually responding to her about your "asking them to leave" remark was also very noticeable. You left her hanging in the wind for a long time. Then there's the notion you introduce about making the guests feel unwelcome by saying they can always go elsewhere. I feel this is a cheap shot and a non-sequitor. It does seem very clear from her posts that YOU made her feel unwelcome. Give it up, Bobby -- cut out the bullsh**. I'd like to see you just admit you stepped over the line in your response. Admitting to a mistake won't kill you. After all, you did once (and only once) on PB before, way back in 2002. And you're still breathing. I feel frustrated -- like so many others -- that what you've perfected on Psycho-Babble is the art of creating the illusion that you're responding without actually providing a substantial response at all. I perceive you as a master of rhetorical misdirection. Online psych forums may have a future, but to be honest, I don't feel you're the ideal person to be refereeing a site such as this. I just perceive far too many of your judgments as being off target and your responses dismissive. Maybe it's time to pass the baton on PB. Atticus


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