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Re: Re: Reputation and Accountability

by husker (Chaplain)
on Jun 17, 2003 at 14:53 UTC ( #266507=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Reputation and Accountability
in thread Reputation and Accountability

"Who just shot me?"

"Some cop."

"Which one?"

"I don't know. They are allowed to carry guns, and you probably deserved it. What good does it do to know who it was?"

"They at least could have warned me."

"The shot was the warning."

"Does anyone review police shootings? Perhaps there's somone who's overstepping their bounds a bit."

"Nope ... they got a gun, they can do whatever they want with it. You don't wanna get shot, stay at home."


Comment on Re: Re: Reputation and Accountability
Re: Re: Re: Reputation and Accountability
by Itatsumaki (Friar) on Jun 17, 2003 at 15:51 UTC

    ++ for a great analogy husker

    Nevertheless, there is a huge difference in degree, and a large enough differences in degree becomes a difference in kind....

    -Tats
      I realized as I wrote it that being shot and being borged are very different degrees. But the analogy hits the same core idea ...

      We don't allow police officers to perform their duties (in some cases, this involves shooting someone) anonymously, because as a society we've decided it's too easy for that power to be abused. Other societies (or governments, actually) have allowed this .. these are called "secret police" and that certainly has NO positive connotations.

      Now, I'm certainly not saying that I think Perlmonks is a police state! Not at ALL. Compared to the majority of other online communities I'm aware of, Perlmonks is a haven of civility, justice, and light, and that's because of the deliberate intents, efforts, and actions of both it's members and it's "ruling party". I applaud all of them/you/us. I can come here and be educated, edified, and encouraged all at the same time.

      My analogy was just to illustrate the point Chip was trying to make (and failing, in some cases) by framing it in a situation that most everyone would grok.

Re: Re: Re: Reputation and Accountability
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jun 17, 2003 at 16:04 UTC

    Amusing, but...

    I hardly equate revoking ones CB privaleges* with revoking someones right* to life.

    * Please mark the contrast between a privalege and a right.

    PerlMonks, and by implication the CB, is a privately owned site which its owner(s), be that vroom, YAS, or whomever, grant us the privaledge to use. This, like all privaleges, should not be abused. What constitutes abuse is within the grace of the owners, just as granting us the privalege of use is.

    By the same token, the owners bestow the responsibility and powers of sanction upon the gods and others, that they may use their judgement in applying those sanctions in an equitable manner so that the site may remain the haven of polite, if not democratic, debate that is so rare elsewhere on the web.

    You can argue with the owners of the site that this perogative should be more open or democratic, but you cannot insist that they accept your argument. Personally, I am happy with things as they are--others seem less so--so I'll shut up now:)


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