The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162676   Message #3874375
Posted By: Steve Shaw
30-Aug-17 - 05:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: All welcome on this thread
Subject: RE: BS: All welcome on this thread
"You are not alone in starting something with peaceable intentions and watching something completely different take shape. It has happened to a whole bunch of us."

Well I started a thread to wish good luck to Texas and it's turned right into one of those "robust debates" seasoned with a good dose of acrimony and the odd post deletion. But I'm never bothered. It's nice to have a hassle-free banter but one has to be philosophical around here. You can actually learn quite a lot from those dodgy threads. You can learn about how people get very good at arguing from positions of prejudice and denial and about how they use misrepresentation to try to beat you down. And you can learn how easy it is to make an arse of yourself by not checking your facts before posting or by reducing yourself to a gibbering, name-calling buffoon (best seen in others, admittedly). I'm not quick enough on my feet to make a good case in the face of some of that unless I have the time and space to think about what I want to say (still doesn't always come out right...), so I prefer the banter here to the risky endeavour of taking someone on in the pub after several pints...

Still, as they say sur le continent, one man's fish is another man's poisson and un oeuf is un oeuf!