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Support

Posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

If a poster shared their agony over having, say, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in which they repeatedly washed their hands or were compelled to collect things, I assume that contibuters here would be supportive. Well, wouldn't a contributor who manifests this disorder through an unconventional posting style also be afforded compassion and support here of all places?

 

Re: Support

Posted by Glydin on September 23, 2004, at 20:14:19

In reply to Support, posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

Interesting and valid point.

I think we need to be supportive of all. I also think part of support maybe to suggest that behaviors be seen in light that they are problematic and prehaps outside help should be sought. The problem, in some cases, it that suggestion of help could be taken as being uncivil and any other number of violations. Is there a good answer to that dilemma?

 

Re: Support ╗ Glydin

Posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 23:09:17

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Glydin on September 23, 2004, at 20:14:19

Perhaps one way to do that Glydin is to characterize the problem hypothetically and pose rhetorical questions.

 

Re: Support

Posted by Dr. Bob on September 24, 2004, at 1:34:48

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Glydin on September 23, 2004, at 20:14:19

> I also think part of support maybe to suggest that behaviors be seen in light that they are problematic and prehaps outside help should be sought. The problem, in some cases, it that suggestion of help could be taken as being uncivil and any other number of violations. Is there a good answer to that dilemma?

Maybe first ask them if they consider the behaviors to be problematic?

Bob

 

Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Dr. Bob

Posted by Lou Pilder on September 24, 2004, at 15:32:53

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Dr. Bob on September 24, 2004, at 1:34:48

> > I also think part of support maybe to suggest that behaviors be seen in light that they are problematic and prehaps outside help should be sought. The problem, in some cases, it that suggestion of help could be taken as being uncivil and any other number of violations. Is there a good answer to that dilemma?
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> Maybe first ask them if they consider the behaviors to be problematic?
>
> Bob

Friends,
I agree with Dr. Hsiung in the above. It is my understanding that this discussion has its origen in the fact that someone here has an unorthodox way of posting. But the point that I see here that Dr. Hsiung is making is that there would have to first determine if that it is problematic.
I do not see anyone's posting style here to be problematic to me. Who is this person?
Lou

 

Re: Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Lou Pilder

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 24, 2004, at 16:08:03

In reply to Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Dr. Bob, posted by Lou Pilder on September 24, 2004, at 15:32:53

> I do not see anyone's posting style here to be problematic to me. Who is this person?
> Lou

I don't know, Lou, but I recall getting blocked for asking for references once too often. I thought I was steering towards and maintaining a structured debate. I can't be objective about the subject.

Lar

 

Re: Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Lou Pilder

Posted by TofuEmmy on September 24, 2004, at 17:07:13

In reply to Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Dr. Bob, posted by Lou Pilder on September 24, 2004, at 15:32:53

Lou - I'm pretty sure it's me. My constant references to tofu really get on some people's nerves. ;-)

emmy

 

Re: Support

Posted by Gabbix2 on September 24, 2004, at 19:51:23

In reply to Support, posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

> Well, wouldn't a contributor who manifests this disorder through an unconventional posting style also be afforded compassion and support here of all places?

As far as the unconvential posting style is concerned I'm in complete agreement with you.

 

Re: Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung

Posted by Glydin on September 24, 2004, at 21:53:58

In reply to Lou agrees with Dr. Hsiung ╗ Dr. Bob, posted by Lou Pilder on September 24, 2004, at 15:32:53

>But the point that I see here that Dr. Hsiung is making is that there would have to first determine if that it is problematic.

~~~True, but I don't plan to take the suggestion of asking that of the poster.

> I do not see anyone's posting style here to be problematic to me.

~~~I do, but that is a personal opinion held by me as is the fact that I think the poster should seek help.

>Who is this person?

~~~Since I don't plan to ask the person directly, it would be improper to name the poster.

 

Re: Support

Posted by Toph on September 25, 2004, at 15:59:19

In reply to Support, posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

> If a poster shared their agony over having, say, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in which they repeatedly washed their hands or were compelled to collect things, I assume that contibutors here would be supportive. Well, wouldn't a contributor who manifests this disorder through an unconventional posting style also be afforded compassion and support here of all places?
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unĚconĚvenĚtionĚal
Pronunciation: -'vench-n&l, -'ven(t)-sh&-n&l
Function: adjective
: not conventional : not bound by or in accordance with convention : being out of the ordinary

 

Re: Support ╗ Toph

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 25, 2004, at 16:21:53

In reply to Support, posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

> If a poster shared their agony over having, say, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in which they repeatedly washed their hands or were compelled to collect things, I assume that contibuters here would be supportive. Well, wouldn't a contributor who manifests this disorder through an unconventional posting style also be afforded compassion and support here of all places?

I'm interested that you chose to reiterate your own post, emphasizing the idea of conventional behaviour. Hmmm. It reminds that there are two parties in such a determination; the conventional, and the unconventional. Just as I fully support anyone's right to swing their fists about, that right ends at the tip of my nose. The issue cannot be satisfactorily addressed by considering only the characteristics of one party in the "debate", such as the arm swinger. Persistent requests for clarification are unsettling to some, according to what I read. Even non-persistent requests for clarification may be unsettling to the most sensitive among us. Those considerations, though, do not bear on the "conventionality" of the posting form. I don't know where the line of civility ought to be drawn, but I dare say that I would place it much lower than that seen in a post sequence terminating with "Dr Hsiung's decision-12". I would place the threshold at one request per post by the other party. If the party does not respond, the inquiry should be terminated, under penalty if continued. One request is reasonable. No one need respond to such a request. Two requests (without intervening reply) is harassment, and ought to be considered to be uncivil.

Lar

 

Re: Support--Then again

Posted by Gabbix2 on September 25, 2004, at 18:07:29

In reply to Re: Support ╗ Toph, posted by Larry Hoover on September 25, 2004, at 16:21:53

Good Points. I find the unconvential style nothing more than an eccentricity if it's not considered problematic by the poster. However if the style has seemed to develop because of repeated requests for clarification, I can see why people feel uncomfortable with it.

 

Re: Support

Posted by Toph on September 25, 2004, at 21:41:22

In reply to Re: Support ╗ Toph, posted by Larry Hoover on September 25, 2004, at 16:21:53

Lar, if a PB neophyte may be so bold as to address you, I am too new and perhaps not astute enough about civility as it is applied here to discuss when an unconventional posting style is uncivil. I will say this, if a poster uses an unconvetional style with another poster my guess is that the incivility threshold might be lower than when that style is used in an attempt to lure Dr. Bob into a response. Second, I confess that my post was a kind of experiment to see if a somewhat veiled critical message to an individual could avoid a PBC through the use of a hypothetical and rhetorical questions. Finally, I really do think a forum that purports to be supportive of its participants needs to be tolerant to some degree of eccentric comunication styles.

It seems that there are certain rites of passage here. So far, if been booted off for getting offended by someone and making the mistake of telling them, and now I have had the pleasure of receiving a message from one of the more famous/infamous babblers. Thanks for responding.

 

Re: Support

Posted by SLS on September 26, 2004, at 7:03:43

In reply to Re: Support ╗ Toph, posted by Larry Hoover on September 25, 2004, at 16:21:53

As things stand now, anyone can launch a filibuster comprised of an unlimited number of posts. This concerns me.


- Scott

 

Re: Support

Posted by SLS on September 26, 2004, at 8:16:42

In reply to Re: Support, posted by SLS on September 26, 2004, at 7:03:43

> As things stand now, anyone can launch a filibuster comprised of an unlimited number of posts. This concerns me.

As a matter of fact, anyone can maliciously vandalize the board in this manner under the current posting policies.


- Scott

 

Re: Support ╗ Toph

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 26, 2004, at 8:26:09

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Toph on September 25, 2004, at 21:41:22

> Lar, if a PB neophyte may be so bold as to address you, I am too new and perhaps not astute enough about civility as it is applied here to discuss when an unconventional posting style is uncivil. I will say this, if a poster uses an unconvetional style with another poster my guess is that the incivility threshold might be lower than when that style is used in an attempt to lure Dr. Bob into a response. Second, I confess that my post was a kind of experiment to see if a somewhat veiled critical message to an individual could avoid a PBC through the use of a hypothetical and rhetorical questions. Finally, I really do think a forum that purports to be supportive of its participants needs to be tolerant to some degree of eccentric comunication styles.
>
> It seems that there are certain rites of passage here. So far, if been booted off for getting offended by someone and making the mistake of telling them, and now I have had the pleasure of receiving a message from one of the more famous/infamous babblers. Thanks for responding.

I would sorely hate to misread your intent, but there are some disconcerting implications that I perceived. I hope that you would not feel constrained by being a newish member when you feel that you have a message to express. I would hope that you would not feel particularly hesitant to address me, or any other "established" member, for we too have but single voices.

Yes, a veiled criticism, employing either or both of hypotheticals or rhetorical questions, is a civil way to explore sensitive issues. It requires some care in phrasing, but that's a very good skill to develop. Despite my persistent disagreements with management, I dare say my own skills have developed along the way. I could protest that I ought not to have had to develop them, but I shall retain those abilities even after I leave this place.

Lar

 

Re: Support

Posted by verne on September 26, 2004, at 9:01:49

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Toph on September 25, 2004, at 21:41:22

I feel that repeated requests to administration for admonishment of another poster - sometimes for one post - can be disruptive to communication.

If my posts were constantly being submitted to administration for "admonishment review" I would feel unsupported, put down, and accused.

Verne

 

Lou's reply to Larry Hoover ╗ Larry Hoover

Posted by Lou Pilder on September 26, 2004, at 9:27:41

In reply to Re: Support ╗ Toph, posted by Larry Hoover on September 26, 2004, at 8:26:09

Larry Hoover,
You wrote,[...Yes, a veiled criticism emploting either or both of hypotheticals or rhetorical questions is a civil way to explore...issues..].
The {vieling} part is the {not naming the person}? If this is what you are rerreing to, I disagreee with you on using this way of discussion. Just by leaving a persons name out, does not in my understanding allow others {who the post's content could be identifying} to allow defaming, accusitive or other statements about the poster, even if the poster's name is not printed. If the person that is {veiled} could be in someway identified by other parts mentioned, then would not the viel be too thin?
Lou

 

Re: Support

Posted by karaS on September 26, 2004, at 17:15:34

In reply to Re: Support, posted by verne on September 26, 2004, at 9:01:49

I don't think there is a perfect solution here. Whatever the decision, either side may feel that their rights have been restricted. The multiple poster may feel constrained or those who are subjected to the endless posts may feel violated.

I don't want any poster here to feel that they can't express themselves (especially if they have OCD or some other disorder that provokes the need to post again and again). On the otherhand, the board should not be able to be hijacked and monopolized by one individual out of fairness to all of the others.

The only fair solution I see here is a compromise that would allow multiple but not endless postings. It's not perfect but I think it's the best that can be done under the circumstances.

Scott, you are probably going to ask what I think that number should be. I'm open to suggestion here but I would personally like to see no more than 5 posts that try to elicit the same response.

Kara

 

Re: Support

Posted by Toph on September 26, 2004, at 22:54:03

In reply to Support, posted by Toph on September 23, 2004, at 17:29:51

Aren't all participants with personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, paranoid, schizotypic, etc) going to have some trouble conforming to the inflexible rules and social norms of Psycho-Babble?

 

Nawww, some of us thrive on it. :D (nm) ╗ Toph

Posted by Dinah on September 26, 2004, at 23:02:18

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Toph on September 26, 2004, at 22:54:03

 

Re: LOL (nm) ╗ Dinah

Posted by Toph on September 27, 2004, at 6:52:25

In reply to Nawww, some of us thrive on it. :D (nm) ╗ Toph, posted by Dinah on September 26, 2004, at 23:02:18

 

Re: Support ╗ SLS

Posted by verne on September 27, 2004, at 8:01:57

In reply to Re: Support, posted by SLS on September 26, 2004, at 7:03:43

I agree, "filibusters" harm the community as a whole.

I know of another site that offers games with an accompanying chat window. In their terms of service the following is against the rules:

"Disrupting the flow of chat in chat rooms with hitting the return key repeatedly or flooding [posting repetitive text]." When this happens the game slows down and the others are prevented from communicating.

In another place it says: "Improperly use in game support or complaint buttons to make false reports about other members."

I feel unsupported, shamed, and accused, having my posts repeatedly submitted to administration for admonishment. I feel less like posting.

Verne

 

Re: Support ╗ Toph

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 27, 2004, at 8:54:30

In reply to Re: Support, posted by Toph on September 26, 2004, at 22:54:03

> Aren't all participants with personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, paranoid, schizotypic, etc) going to have some trouble conforming to the inflexible rules and social norms of Psycho-Babble?

Potentially. Yours truly, who has PTSD, and its triggering effect, certainly has had problems. Being triggered means you can lose control entirely. Anybody can learn to accommodate their challenges in the context of Babble, though. The requirement that every post be confirmed before sending is one very potent management opportunity.

Bob has oft times said that Babble may not be a good fit for everyone, though. And, unfortunately, I would argue that some of the rules are anything but inflexible. I have yet to grasp their definition at all. We're debating one such case at the moment.

Lar

 

Re: Maybe it's just me...... ╗ karaS

Posted by AuntieMel on September 27, 2004, at 9:35:39

In reply to Re: Support, posted by karaS on September 26, 2004, at 17:15:34

But I think there might be more than one perfect answer. And it all revolves around clarifying the question. I see two distinctions in this discussion.

Sometimes it seems that people are talking about asking the *same* question over and over again - either to Dr. Bob or another question. Kind of "are you going to answer my question Dr. Bob?"

Other times it seems that people are talking about a posting style that might or might not be caused by a person's disease. This seems to me to be more like finishing the post before the entire thought process. More like a "wait - I forgot to say - Dr. Bob" type of post.

Both involve multiple postings, but seem to me to be for different reasons. Should they be considered together?


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