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Gentlebeings ....

I very-consciously abstained from this thread for a couple days, literally “just to see what would happen to it,” and ...

Without “reading anything into anything by anybody,” (as best as a real human-being can ever hope to do such a thing) ...

Perhaps we should all simply take a look at “what actually happened next.”   And see if there is (or, as the case may well be, there is not) “proof in the pudding.”   Again, not as a reflection upon anyone anywhere, but strictly in light of my OP’s original and honorable intention.   Quickly scanning through this thread so-far, I see:

  1. One of the first responses was quite obviously by someone who (so it appears, and “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn who...”) hid behind Anonymous Monk in order to make a rebuttal “off the record.”   (Is that a good thing?)
  2. Other folks rather-quickly pointed out that “this sort of thing has happened before.”   (Is that a good thing?)
  3. The Grim Reaper had a lot of cleanup to do ... since the posts are gone now we may never know what they were.   The simplest interpretation is that:   “Houston, we have a serious spam/noise problem; we have been discovered.”
  4. There was a heckuva lot of emotions going off here, and not a single one of them were good ones.

Personally, I do feel that this is “the proof in the pudding.”   (I think that ...)

  1. The Anonymous Monk account was used in both of the negative ways of which it is all-too capable:   as a venue for slinging-mud at someone else without taking responsibility for it; and as a venue for loading the site with useless spam.   (Notice:   I think that.   It’s my opinion.)
  2. Several participants of very long standing instantly confirmed what we all know:   “this does happen here.”   People do feel that they are being “dissed upon” by others.   Animosity among the Esteemed Monks does, indeed exist.   I think that’s a way-serious problem.

Given that this site is intended to be a Place Of Worship, so to speak, maybe we do need to consider these two aspects of the site more closely, as I have suggested.   There are, I think, very strong human-psychology reasons why other sites have chosen to omit from their implementations two key features that are presently implemented here.   I submit for your pragmatic consideration that this very thread might well serve as a concise illustration as to why.

If it is possible for you to take for granted, now, that I do not in fact “have a bone to pick with” anyone here ... (!) ... “what do you think?”

And, yeah.   I am actually, perfectly, serious.

In reply to Re: We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting by sundialsvc4
in thread We should elminate: Anonymous, and DOWN-voting by sundialsvc4

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