Posted by Twinleaf on February 18, 2012, at 9:40:50
In reply to Re: opportunity to support europerep, posted by Dr. Bob on February 18, 2012, at 1:06:17
Just addressing one small aspect of Bob's request for suggestions to help make this site more active: I personally find requests for other posters to join Bob in encouraging posters to apologize ( or change their wording) for things which Bob has found uncivil to be inappropriate. Others may well not have the same reaction that Bob had. Their purpose here is to speak for themselves and to help and support others in ways which originate with them. Bob is of course expected to state his views, but not necessarily to request others to back up his requests.
On a related issue, I think it is demeaning and patronizing to ask others to be civility buddies; this assumes that the poster in question is incapable of making intelligent, civil choices of their own. This is almost never the case, and is certainly not with Eduk, one of our most thoughtful, supportive and well-informed contributors over the years.
To sum up, genuine respect for contributing posters would mean, to me, not asking people to support Bob's views ( but just letting them do so if they wish), and not asking for civility buddies. Just these two small changes would improve the atmosphere a lot.