Wed, 28 Jul 1999 11:30:52 -0400 (EDT)
I wish to reiterate Michel's plea for civility. His
comment on being able to carry on discourse with those
of differing views was very eloquent.
If one cannot convince another of the value of his or
her ideas without resorting to name calling or
"poisoning the well" (e.g., so-and-so's view is tainted
because he/she works for XX corporation), the true worth
of those ideas is probably quite suspect.
I like a good spirited debate as much as anyone, but I
like to think I can fiercely disagree with someone and
still treat him or her with dignity and respect.
We (SANETers)are, in a sense, dissidents. We hold
beliefs and goals pertaining to ag that are not in the
minstream. How then, can we be so intolerant of people
in our own virtual community that hold different views.
It would be a mighty sad day when someone is so
intimidated by the threat of "flaming" that he/she is
reluctant to post innovative or different views on this
These attacks are infrequent enough that I stay on the
list. I feel the need to send gentle reminders when an
issue crops up. Fortunately, most of you have good
e-manners and I continue to reap the benefits of your
many views and experiences. Thanks!
Debate and argue, attack ideas... not people
Thanks for reading
Hope you are all having a good summer
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