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Re: A different view of safety

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 24, 2004, at 14:27:09

In reply to Re: A different view of safety Dr. Bob, posted by mair on January 22, 2004, at 8:13:45

> I think what this board has just been through with Larry and St James will continue to happen over and over again so long as you objectify that which is inherently subjective. If your determination about civility falls into the "reasonable people can differ" category, it can certainly be discussed but it shouldn't be applied in a way which results in some sanction.

Objectify how? I think I'm clear that it's subjective:

> It's subjective. I may think I know it [incivility] when I see it, but others may think they know it when they see it, too -- and we may disagree.

Are you suggesting that I shouldn't block someone if one reasonable person differs?

> And in most cases I don't think it's a learning process at all for the board as a whole, certainly not for posters who are wise enough never to cross the portals of the admin board.

There may be ways to increase how much is learned, and I'm open to suggestions. OTOH, you can lead a horse to learning, but you can't make him drink...

> it's like the "3 strikes you're out" laws which fail to differentiate between comparatively petty crime involving no physical harm to others, and homicides

Some differentiation does take place, though of course reasonable people can disagree...





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