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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby DamianaRaven » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:04 am

It's libel anyway. Slander is spoken out loud.
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby jbobsully11 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:46 am

DamianaRaven wrote:It's libel anyway. Slander is spoken out loud.

Agreed.
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby D-LOGAN » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:16 pm

Fun With Mr. Fudge wrote:Moreover, Logan, you went out of your way to post a passage earlier to explain why you thought NoodleFox accused people of being child rape apologists even though you acknowledged that the statement did not say that. You did not call her a liar or say you would personally like for there to be a rule making that statement unacceptable.

First of all, no I'm not asking for any new rule to be made here. The current operating system here is what it is and don't want for or ask for any changes to it. What I was after was information, which I have received.

And as for how I viewed those two seperate incidents differently, yep. And I stand by that. I don't think that's the same as lying about someone, I believe that's just stating what someone said meant to you rather than specifically putting out that said person said specific thing they didn't say.
Like calling someone a racist or a sexist when the person accused doesn't believe they are or have said anything of the sort. It's of course objectionable and one should defend oneself against it and I am against the idea that anybody here is a rape-apologist or whatever, and if anyone is under the impression I agree with everything Noodle has said well allow me to dissuade you as I do not, as I stated in my first on this topic in this thread. In fact in some cases I would have responded far harsher than the responses from the powers that be have here if I was in their place, but that's neither here nor there, I do not believe it's necessary if I'm going to defend her in some insinstances that I should also vocally condemn areas said by her I disagree with, there's plenty of people here who've done that, and I've not objected to that. However as I've said I don't believe it's the same thing as the specific issue I've objected to. They're very different animals to my mind and my responses are therefore different.

Let me give you an example from this thread, you said of me-
"you are lying about other users when you say that calling someone alt-right is an insult."
So that's you essentially calling me a liar, which I do not believe I am. However I'm not treating it the same and reacting to you in the same way because it's clear it's you putting across an interpration of the events in question rather than restating what I've said specifically and that would have been very clear to anybody who came across that. You're not putting words in my mouth or whatnot. So I'm not saying you were lying by saying I was lying even though I don't think I was lying.

My goodness, why is it so hard to be equally charitable to Gis, Tess, and anyone else you accused of lying or twisting words?

Well I don't believe I have accused anyone but Gisambards of lying. And have been willing to accept lying is not the best way of putting it, although I still see it as just as objectionable.

Now I did respond to Tesseracts saying "Nobody said it was wrong to think gay men are pedophiles" as twisting Noodle's words, but I also accepted as Kate suggested that it was a case of an unclear rephrasing of her objections to Noodle's words. In fact if someone was to accuse me of twisting HER words or intent by doing that, while it wasn't my intent, I can see how a case could made for that.

And for my objections to calling Noodle alt-right associated, which I did and do believe was unfair, after discussing the matter I stated however that I was willing to agree to disagree with people on it in light of their take on the issues at hand.

But even if none of that was the case. Each situation is different so I'm not going to have an equal response to each one. I'll judge each situation by the factors at hand. Just because I responded to Incident A in a certain way, does not mean I will respond to Incident B in an identical manner as they might in my mind be different enough to require different responses.

Yes, I know you think it's somehow different from literally saying "X said Y" but to suggest that someone is defending child rape is way worse in my mind.

I'm not suggesting that. Defending child rape is worse. But degree of worseness of offensiveness isn't a factor in this.

Yet you and and at least one other person have managed to be super charitable to Noodle - who did not retract her accusation or apologize despite having the opportunity to do so when she made her last post. Yet you have and maybe continue to accuse others of ganging up on her

Did I? When did I do that? I don't have a problem with anyone giving their opinions on her or her words regardless of how many other users do the same. Just as I have no problem with people giving their opinion that the people giving those opinions might be being unfair or reasonable or whatever.

Where did I accuse people of ganging up on her?

lying, being unfairly uncharitable, or some combination of those.


I have accused one person of lying, which as I've said I'm willing to use another term for if so required. And I've explained the reasons for my objections.
As to accusing people of being unfairly uncharitable with Noodle, yes I do, or at the very least I don't agree with some of the reasoning behind some responses to her or about her. As I also don't believe some of Noodle's responses or statements were fair. I have no problem saying either of those things, nor with others saying that. Nor do I feel a need to ensure I'm doing an equal ammount of calling out, as I say there's enough people on one side to do that.

There have only been two incidents I believe were extreme enough to call into question that were used against Noodle-Fox, one of which I agreed were fundementally based on differnces of opinion which could be left at that (although further developments have also come up on that front that I believe were also questionable but now's not the time for that as it tends to muddle things), the other of which I stand by.

i don't even get this anymore. Maybe people didn't call Noodle a liar or accuse her of twisting words because she left, or there is some other reason I don't see. But this seems like such an obvious double-standard to me.

Yes I know, because you and I are very different people with very differnt takes on the situation at hand. That in and if itself doesn't have to be that much of a problem.

In fact, it's worse than one in my view because I don't think that Gis, Tess, CMSellers, and others who were accused of being malicious towards and unfair to Noodle were being either of those.

I can accept that maliciousness didn't play a factor. At this stage I'd go more with some written version of recklessness with regards to putting out 'accusations' in the one case wherein people making statements may not share the idea that the terms they're using are as negatively emotionally charged and defamatory as others take them as.

And the other is what I've repeatedly said it was and continue to do so.

So, in the end, I think you've basically got the gist of what I'm saying here Fun With Mr. Fudge. I know you don't agree at all with my points, and I'm guessing your opinions of my stances are either that the logic I'm using is nonsensical at best or being intellectually dishonest about how I admninister my views.
And if either of those are indeed the case, I'm fine with that. The only standards I have to live up to at the end of the day are my own. And I'm okay with stances on these matters.
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:25 pm

D-LOGAN wrote:
cmsellers wrote:Logan, considering that you've been one of the most vocal defenders of free speech on these boards in the past, considering that you've stood with me in defending Windy's right to troll and the right of people to engage in so-called "hate speech," I find your position now a bit perplexing.

I have two questions for you:

1. How would you phrase a rule to ban the speech you think should be banned on this forum but isn't?

2. Do you believe that free speech includes the right to be wrong?


1. I don't. I was thinking for this to be along the lines of starting a thread where you bring up some other user's name in a negative fashion. Not against a rule or anything but just something that wasn't encouraged.

2. 100%

But if you allow people to be wrong, they'll be......wrong.
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby D-LOGAN » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:04 pm

That's a risk I'm willing to take. May God have mercy on my soul!!!!
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby Tesseracts » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:07 pm

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I'm back, sorry been mad busy with stuff in flesh and blood land lately. Anwho, first up, Kate, I'm just gonna skip over your post and go straight to Tess', not cause I'm playing favourites or anything but cause I think I end up covering most of what you were after, and it'd just be easier this way, plus It's kinda already a long enough post I'm posting.

Now-
Tesseracts wrote:Logan, you know what the answer is already.

Of course I do Tess', that's not the point, the point is this is an important milestone type situation for me to be in considering my views, I need to do some aul soul searching over this, and given I've been here over four years, I just didn't want any ambiguity here. What I have a problem with here is a real impasse for me now, and before I get down into some actual hard-core thinkin' on it, what I was really hoping for was a straight up "this is how it is, take or leave it" so I can get the crystal clear idea of where we all stand. And then I could go from there.

The whole "you know that we know that we all know what the deal is you know" is too vague for me at the best of times, let alone at a potential crossroads. I'm not trying to be a hard ass or nothing, but I genuinely did look at that as a way of simplifying and speeding up things.

Plus I'm not a hundred percent sure you get what I'm objecting to. As I think parts of what I've responded to show me. What I'm objecting to isn't people thinking and saying Noodle-Fox is a bigot or has said bigoted things, that's a topic for debate, and one I'd like to have. What I'm objecting to is when Gisambards said this:

"I think it's ridiculous to have concerns that someone like Noodle might feel unwelcome because people keep suggesting they're prejudiced when they go off about what useless freaks trans people"

Now to be fair, that's not technically saying 'Noodle-Fox said transpeople are useless freaks", not quite anyway.

But to me it is putting it out there for anyone who comes across it as saying 'Noodle-Fox said transpeople are useless freaks", when she said no such thing. Now if one had said "what Noodle-Fox has said on this forum is no better than saying transpeople are useless freaks" or "it was tantamount to saying they're useless freaks" or "SHE'S A 1000 TIMES WORSE THAN SOMEONE WHO SAYS THEY'RE USELESS FREAKS!" that'd be different. That's just giving one's stance, not making a claim for all the world to read that someone said something very specific that someone didn't say.

And no, I don't think it's the same as calling someone a bigot because you think what they said was bigoted or a rape-apologist because you think something they said was rape-apologisty. These are things where, however hurt the person called such may be, the other person is still just giving their stances.
Whereas the other is putting it out there someone said something specific and extreme that they didn't say. I understand that some people don't see the difference. May not have any clue what I'm even talking about. Think I'm a crazy bastard etc. But that's not really the point, I do, which is why I'm making the issue of it.

I think people here should have a reasonable expectation that when other users put across what they've said, that they won't put across words that weren't in their mouth that form a very specific statement different to what they actually said. I think that's worth complaining about.

Now of course it wouldn't have to be exact for it be a fair restating. If Noodle-Fox had said that transpeople were 'freakish and she had no use for them' or they were 'abominations with no value in society' or 'mistakes of nature who couldn't do anything', then that would have been close enough for it in my opinion, which is after all what I'm basing all this on, to count as fair.

But as Gisambards has pointed out, this is what that accusation was based on-

"I'm all for trans rights. I'm a pro person, an egalitarian. BUT I'm also a realist: do you think it's a good idea to have people who have been statistically proven to be physically and mentally unstable and have a suicide rate of 40% in everyday life on the front lines?
To have a trans person who sees themselves as something else, who will eviscerate their body and constantly undergo horrific and painful procedures to feel normal, be able to proclaim, "Yes, I am healthy to join the military. I'm stable enough to fly a helicopter into an area where I'm going to be shot at. I'm going to be able to stand around doing nothing for hours on end, follow orders clearly and concisely, and I'm definitely able to stay clam when I'm being shot at."


Now you can say that's as bad as calling transpeople useless freaks, or that in your opinion someone who says this probably thinks transpeople are useless freaks, that's just giving your opinion and your opinion is now open to discussion ala-
"well I don't think it is."
"well I do."
And so on, and that's cool. But it isn't saying transpeople are useless freaks. To put it there as though it was and have that be something not even on par with starting threads calling out other users in the very first post here, then that's a problem for me. Because this is a moderated forum, which already has rules based on how others should be treated, I view this as akin to lying about someone. And therefore if this is okay, if I log on tomorrow and see Johnny McJohnson has said-
"That D-Logan guy, I'm sick of him always going on about how all Chinese women are useless wenches" and I'm like-
"I NEVER SAID ANYTHING OF THE SORT!"
But the response to any complaint is-
"Well that's how Johnny interprets something you said whether you said it or not, so it's fair game."

That doesn't strike me as fair on a moderated forum. If Johnny trully believes that may as well be what I think or that something else I said means is as bad as that, he can say that and I can defend myself, but I think he at least owes me having it be made clear that's not something I actually said.

And I know you gotta give leeway in normal human conversation. I mean if you say "Kevin says he lives in a big house" whereas Kevin actually said "He resides in a large home", then that's not crossing any line. But there needs to be a line, or it's fine to be lying from my view.

Again, that's the issue, not I'm against calling people bigots if you think they are, or saying things someone has said are bigoted if you think they are, but I am against the act of putting out there that someone said something so specific that they didn't say.

I understand people have gotten the wrong impression, that I am objecting to people calling people bigots when they think they are. But no, that's a conversation I quite like and enjoy, but it was the wrong place to let it happen here while I was making an actual objection.

I have learned that!

I hope that's clear now. And I know it's my fault if it isn't.

You know Gis did not break any rules.


Yes I know, I've checked the rules section since and bloody hell! There isn't a rule against this. I honestly probably never would have been cool with that at the time, Given how absolutely fundamentalist I was on the sanctity of people's words when I first got here. And I was WAY worse about that back then. I've really soften my stance on the matter since. But that's on me of course. If it's that important to me I shoulda made sure at the time. I just assumed it was at least frowned on.

But as I said starting a thread where you call out other users in the first post is at least advised against. So I have potentially something to justify certain things. Hence my request at some kind of official clarity. Not cause I'm asking for a bone to be thrown so I can trick my own mind into getting what I want, but to ensure I'm moving forward with all possible information.

I suspect you are insisting that I repeat myself because you want an excuse to leave.

Well not you specifically. Any mod would do. And it aint about needing excuses, it's about what's the right thing to do.

For me it is genuinely a question of me. It's not about the forum itself. Am I condoning acts that I claim to be against? Am I being hypocritical? Do I put my money where my mouth is when it comes down to it?

And conversely, am I making a mountain out of a mole-hill? Is it not better to argue a case? Is it standing one's ground to stay or is it standing ones ground to leave?

I mean it's some heavy shit for a devil-may-care hipster like me. I wanted to start it off with a very clear beginning point. But I understand that my request may actually make people uncomfortable, so I can just go ahead with what information I have that I assume to be correct, it's a little shaky for me, but needs must as the devil drives and all that.

In spite of everything I still think of you as a friend, and I don't want you to leave. I remember the old days on Cracked and I feel strongly about this community.

Thank you Tess', I'm very touched by that. Thems were some crazy times weren't they. And what a ride it's been.

Just so you know, I'm not doing all this for fun. I'm not doing this out of spite or anger. I'd prefer not to do all this. I aint one for the drama, well maybe some times, but not this situation, but given how clearly I've made my stances on certain matters, it strikes me as worse if I don't least reconcile some matters for myself.

I think I'd come off as hypocrite if I didn't. To myself in particular.

Kate and Marcuse both disagree with me on a lot of issues including trans issues. They are allowed to disagree with me, and I am allowed to think other people's views are transphobic. If we can't say, reasonably and civilly, that we think something is transphobic, we do not have free speech. I believe in free speech and support it as much as possible. I think Noodle should be allowed to say Hollywood has a gay pedophile problem. I think Noodle should be allowed to say I, Tesseracts, am a child rape apologist. It hurts me and I find it insulting, but it's not a violation of the insults rule.


Yeah. As I say that's not what I was objecting to, but again I get why people would think it was. And I do think that right there is a great conversation to have. And you are of course free to do that.
Noodle can speak her mind. If you think she's being bigoted or whatever, you should get to say that. And then if someone thinks you're being unfairer to her by saying that, they should be free to say that.

That last parts important by the way. If someone thinks you're being unfair to someone by calling them a bigot or suggesting they are, then they're no more silencing you by saying that, than you are silencing the first person by saying what you think of them.

But that's not this conversation, it's a great one to have IMO, but I don't wanna let myself veer off like this! I'm gonna stick to the topic at hand. I've learned my lesson.

I agree with Gis and I fully believe it is transphobic to say trans people are self-mutilating and disqualified from military service. I think I should be allowed to say that.

Yes. Of course you can. And people who disagree with you and think that's unfair or wrong or whatever should be allowed to say that. And you should be allowed defend your self, and they should be allowed ... etc. etc.

But again, that's not my objection.

My objection would be if in response to someone saying they think transgenderism is caused by a mental illness, that it's a form of self-mutilation and as such they are against people in this situation this serving in the military, you were to say "this person crossed the line with all that 'transpeople are worthless scum' talk" or something else they didn't say. Unless you made it clear in said statement they didn't actually say that, but that's your take on the matter.

I think others should be allowed to call me a terrorist sympathizer and rape apologist in response, although I really hope you don't.

Of course not.

Many people here would agree with what Gis said

And that's my problem. If there are indeed many people who agree it's okay to frame what Noodle said as 'transpeople are useless freaks' when she didn't say it. If that's what they agree with, not just it's a bigoted attitude to have, but the thing I objected to. Yep. That's ... a problem.

so it is very strange in my opinion to single her out specifically. Nothing about what she said is unusual by our standards.

Because I don't see anyone else doing that.

And no someone referring to as a rape apologist or terrorist supporter because of an interpration they took wouldn't be the same. If they said "Tess said rapists did nothing wrong and the victims are responsible for being raped" or "Tess says she supports terrorists and said literal terrorists are awesome" when you said no such thing, that would be the same issue.

I acknowledge people may not see the difference. But I do. So what options do I have? If there's one I'm missing, let me know, it'd help me out.

Let me ask you this. What is the alternative to allowing people to make claims you don't like? If someone does not say, out loud, that they object to something, they will still object in their head. Should they keep their opinion to themselves? I don't think so. I think everyone should express their opinion.

Which is not what I'm objecting to. I support people speaking their mind and voicing their opinions. And as I say I include people both saying someone's a bigot AND people saying it's unfair to call that someone a bigot for that reason and all that goes with it.

What I'm objecting to is framing people as saying things they didn't, to such a specific degree. If this was an unmoderated comment section or something, it's be different of course.

That's why I pushed for people to bring up their grievances instead of keeping it to themselves. I generally think it's better if we discuss things. I'm not certain that was the right decision, because this discussion seems to have just deepened the anger. However the anger would exist even if we didn't talk about it, so it's probably best to talk about it.

Yes it was the right decision. Don't let any of this sway you on that front.

I absolutely did not want NoodleFox to leave. I think this forum needs a diversity of opinions to maintain a healthy atmosphere of discussion. I made every effort to get along with and I spoke with her in PM to attempt to clear up misunderstandings. However, I do not blame myself or anyone else here for her leaving. If she doesn't like what we have to say, that's her prerogative.

Honestly this isn't really about Noodle-Fox or Gisambards, it's the principle of the matter for me. If it wasn't this, the matter would have come up eventually. I'm surprised it hasn't before, maybe it did and I missed it or it didn't occur to me at the time. The thing that this is about for me is if this forum is against people directly insulting other users and sock-puppet accounts and whatnot, but in no way is against framing people as saying things they didn't say so specifically even on an advisory front, than am I, ME, endorsing such a principle?

Because that's what it all MUST come down to at the end. If I don't stand by my principles, what use am I to anyone? And more importantly, am I even actually betraying them?

That's what I find myself pondering.

The election of Donald Trump has really created a rift in this community. The current political atmosphere is causing division everywhere. I don't want it to happen, but I fe?el powerless to stop it. I can't tell people what to think or what to say. I can't tell people to stop reading websites like Kiwi Farms or Rawstory. I can't stop anyone from leaving. I want an atmosphere where people can debate, openly and honestly, about any issue without assuming bad intentions or attempting to shut down discussion.

Well, I think this is the best way to go about it honestly. I know it's unpleasant, but in the long run it'll be shown to be right. Like you say, best to just get things out in the open.

Clean, clear, consise.

BOO-YEAH!

Anyway, that's what I'm currently now mulling over in my trussled up brain.

I'm glad you haven't left forever yet. What Gis posted is an interpretation some may consider unfair, but it is not extreme enough to be considered a lie. Sometimes people exaggerate to get across how they feel about something, and it's clear some people feel strongly about the idea of not allowing trans people to contribute.

I doubt anyone looked at what Gis said and assumed it's what Noodle literally said word for word. Since this is the internet it's quite easy to look up what people actually said. We aren't in the business of creating easily disproven rumors.

If people were (hypothetically) going to go around accusing others of bigotry with no reasonable cause for doing so I would certainly object to that.
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Re: Political discourse on The Comment Section

Postby Fun With Mr. Fudge » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:35 pm

D-LOGAN wrote:
Fun With Mr. Fudge wrote:Moreover, Logan, you went out of your way to post a passage earlier to explain why you thought NoodleFox accused people of being child rape apologists even though you acknowledged that the statement did not say that. You did not call her a liar or say you would personally like for there to be a rule making that statement unacceptable.

First of all, no I'm not asking for any new rule to be made here. The current operating system here is what it is and don't want for or ask for any changes to it. What I was after was information, which I have received.


Fair enough. Allow me to explain. My undestanding is that you expressed a preference for (as distinct from requesting) a rule regarding that issue. I think that's a fair assessment based on your use of the word "unacceptable" to describe Gis's characterization and expressing positive sentiments about having a rule someone could cite when making complaints about what you said Gis did.

And as for how I viewed those two seperate incidents differently, yep. And I stand by that. I don't think that's the same as lying about someone, I believe that's just stating what someone said meant to you rather than specifically putting out that said person said specific thing they didn't say.
Like calling someone a racist or a sexist when the person accused doesn't believe they are or have said anything of the sort.


I understand your distinction but don't find it to be an entirely substantive one on the following grounds:

1) People typically interpret statements about actions as referring to categories of things or statements. For example, if someone says "Bob defended child rape," it is not only natural but I think ineveitable to beleve the speaker claimed that Bob spoke or otherwise behaved in a way tantamount to saying "I, Bob, think child rape is OK in general or in some specific instance." The fact that those words are not present doesn't make it an unreasonable interpretation in my view. To draw a hard line between the speicifc words and a description that can easily be construed as encompassing similar or exactly the same words in principle seems like focusing on an unhelpful technicality.

2) The framework you described, in my view, allows people to lie about actions but not words. I think it's reasonable to call Noodle's accusation a lie because she continued making it after people's positions were clarified. That seems like a willful misrepresentation that has the same effect as saying, "You said child molestation is okay." On a side note, some words are actions, such as when you declare that you've placed a bet. Some are statements about a person based on counterfactuals ("i.e., if X were the case, you would say Y") which have an indeterminate truth value. I just don't think language is so clear-cut as to make the kind of distnctions your discussing useful in most cases.


Let me give you an example from this thread, you said of me-
"you are lying about other users when you say that calling someone alt-right is an insult."
So that's you essentially calling me a liar, which I do not believe I am.


Moreover, I wrote that as part of a conditional statement. I said that if Person X (referring here to Gisambards) was lying, then you were lying. That's a bit of context you seem to have left out. I never said I adopted your framework. I argued that if I did, that's how I would interpret your claim. If I was unclear about that, hopefully this clarifies it.

My goodness, why is it so hard to be equally charitable to Gis, Tess, and anyone else you accused of lying or twisting words?

Well I don't believe I have accused anyone but Gisambards of lying. And have been willing to accept lying is not the best way of putting it, although I still see it as just as objectionable.


To clarify, here was an inclusive usage of "or," intended to denote "Tess twist" or "Gis lie" or other possible combinations, not a statement that you did every possible combination of those things. I just found it a useful way to capture "Test twist" and "Gis lie" at once. Hopefully thay clears that up.


Yes, I know you think it's somehow different from literally saying "X said Y" but to suggest that someone is defending child rape is way worse in my mind.

I'm not suggesting that. Defending child rape is worse. But degree of worseness of offensiveness isn't a factor in this.


I concede that offensiveness might not matter, but I think it makes your emphasis all the more strange. I also find it odd that someone should be allowed to do something worse than the thing you objected to but, based on what I believe your preferences (not requests) are, but not the thing you objected to. My understanding is that deemed Noodle's accusation acceptable in principle because it is a stance and not a direct statement about someone's words.

Yet you and and at least one other person have managed to be super charitable to Noodle - who did not retract her accusation or apologize despite having the opportunity to do so when she made her last post. Yet you have and maybe continue to accuse others of ganging up on her, lying, being unfairly uncharitable, or some combination of those.

Did I? When did I do that? I don't have a problem with anyone giving their opinions on her or her words regardless of how many other users do the same. Just as I have no problem with people giving their opinion that the people giving those opinions might be being unfair or reasonable or whatever.

Where did I accuse people of ganging up on her?


I accidentally omitted a word (and I have added the rest of the sentence in bold as to provide that explanatory context). I should have said "you two" after the second "yet" to refer to you and Jim. My use of "or" here was inclusive, which is to say, not all of those things necessarily apply to you. In past or present tesne you accuse(d) people of lying or being unfair. Jim accused people of ganging up on Noodle like a "pack of wolves" or something to that effect and of not giving her the benefit of the doubt. It's another instance of the "Tess twist/Gis lie" sentence structuring.


I have accused one person of lying, which as I've said I'm willing to use another term for if so required. And I've explained the reasons for my objections.

I still maintain that it was unjustified before and I have hopefully adequately explained my objection to your stance above. Moreover, I thought it and suggestions you earlier made about Tess's remarks (which you later amended) did not illustrate your stance on not seeing the worst in people, at least as I understood it. I thought in both of those instances, you absolutely saw the, if not the worst, something needlessly and unjustifiably bad in their intentions. But maybe that's just me.


So, in the end, I think you've basically got the gist of what I'm saying here Fun With Mr. Fudge. I know you don't agree at all with my points, and I'm guessing your opinions of my stances are either that the logic I'm using is nonsensical at best or being intellectually dishonest about how I admninister my views.
And if either of those are indeed the case, I'm fine with that. The only standards I have to live up to at the end of the day are my own. And I'm okay with stances on these matters.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I wouldn't call your logic nonsensical (I find you overall logical from what I can tell). I find it flawed and what I construe as your conclusions (in some cases, at least) to be problematic. But of course we can agree to disagree.
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