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  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    Good job in recognizing your hide rating abuse.

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:08:02 AM PST

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    •  I still think that this kind of crap is harmful (5+ / 0-)

      to the community, though, and it's on that basis that I HRed in the first place. I do not consider my HR to have been abusive and resent its being described as such. I merely recognize from previous experience that Pluto is not a troll.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:28:21 AM PST

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      •  I apologize (1+ / 0-)
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        I know you resented it being described as abusive. Your HR was a completely understandable emotional response. The diary was inflammatory (purposefully so, I suspect) in the language used. Your position on the questionable choice of language is likely to be the plurality opinion here. It might even be the plurality opinion amongst the nonbelievers.

        Even though you really didn't like the way diarist said it, you recognized that the HR wasn't really appropriate given the norms of DKos. In removing it, and then continuing the discourse, we got to see an interesting response from Frylock that furthered the discussion.

        My comment was mean, and was akin to poking you with a stick when I actually think you did a fine thing. I am sorry about that. Mea culpa.

        In discussions amongst atheists on the internet, tone is frequently a point of contention. There are rip-roaring arguments about the level of civility one should strive for and the level of hyperbole one should use. You could post the diary on one of our message boards and generate a ton of discussion about whether or not the tone was appropriate and whether or not it was counterproductive.

        The plural of anecdote is not data.

        by Skipbidder on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:44:10 AM PST

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