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March 23, 2005

Can't We All Just Get Along?

I've seen forum melt-downs before. Actually, I instigated a couple of them.

They get ugly. And once the forum melts-down, old grudges tend to persist, anger and name-calling continue, and reasoned discussion -- and joking around -- become more and more difficult.

I realize that there are strong feelings about the Terri Schiavo case. And about Israel. And the War on Terror. And gay marriage. And etc., etc., etc.

But please let's all try to ratchet down the name-calling and baiting. Please. This is your buddy, Ace, asking. You know, the guy who writes funny shit about ducks.

I know I don't exactly have clean hands; I was very snide with Downtown Lad. And I know at one time I wrote to someone:

Please don't take this the wrong way, but you're a fucking moron.

But I couldn't help myself on that one. You can't fight the funny.

But by and large I've tried to be fairly tempered in my arguments with posters. Of course, I have an economic reason for doing so; I see each one of you as a dollar-sign in my army of Crazy Blog-Money soldiers.

But whatever my mercenary motives may be, let's just all try to take a deep breath and start arguing on the merits rather than up each other's noses.

I used to have a ball reading the comments. It was fun. People were funny. There were some good exchanges of opinions and some laugh-out-loud exchanges of friendly, ribbing-sorts of insults (many at my expense).

I'm not having any damn fun reading the comments now. I know you're not here to entertain me, but hopefully you are here to entertain and inform each other, and I think the current tone of the comments is not at all conducive to that.

We can disagree without being disagreeable.

At least in the comments. I reserve the right to call Keith Olbermann a fucking cocksucker anytime I damn well please.


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