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  •  I think it helps when we're "open kimono" (0+ / 0-)

    If you have a personal interest at stake in a debate, just admit it, please.  People should understand the context and extent of your physical and/or emotional reliance on an issue either staying as-is or moving to something new.

    That shares much of what you could see or hear in person by simply knowing someone in real life, I feel.

    It exposes you to attacks on your character, but that should be acceptable in some cases where you can benefit from self-improvement.  So long as it doesn't move into the realm of bias and/or actual abuse by others, that is.

    I often try to give a context of some sort to my positions, especially when my stance seems to be a minority compared to most in a diary.  I feel that can only enhance the understanding by others of why a point seems most correct or important to me, but also lets them try and "correct" my faulty ideas or perspectives when that turns out to be warranted.

    Really, a little humility and humbleness in your toolkit never hurt.  Look back at your posts and see where you've apologized for making a poor assumption and otherwise pushed a demonstrably "wrong" point in online debate.  I just looked and did so last week.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:28:47 AM PST

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