Jejudo, South Korea
But you have to accept that different forums, that different moderators, will apply those guidelines in different ways.
It has to be that way if the more 'conflict' oriented forums are to work at all (and Dave's post was originally posted in the Alley, was it not?).
What I see then is not an injustice but a misreading of the guidelines because of a perceived injustice -- a perceived injustice because you've ripped the context to shreds by applying a 'rule' indiscriminately. Yet, if you understand how certain of these forums work, you'll see that I could have said what Ron said, you could have said what Ron said, anybody could have said what Ron said.
In the context.
The only alternative is silence and that defeats the whole point of debate. Further, if we were to follow your strict interpretation, a number of what I think were very productive discussions would have to be deleted.
I don't want to do that.
If I can share a quick anecdote:
As I'm sure you know, I live in Korea. Now, Koreans have a strong sense of injustice (albeit not all of it perceived) -- the word 'han' is used to describe this. Unfortunately, this sometimes makes them go to rather absurd extremes. On Monday, Korea played America in the World Cup. On Korea's first goal by Ahn Chong Hwan, he proceeded to imitate a short track skater in obvious reference to the Winter Olympics controversey regarding Apollo Ono.
The Korean crowd, during the replays, applauded this stunt even more than they applauded the goal.
While I think the absurdity is fairly obvious, two points particularly stand out:
1. It was a Canadian referee that gave Ono the win, not an American.
2. It was far from clear at that point, what significance that goal would have. As it turned out, it was the tying one but as I keep reminding Koreans, tying and winning are two different things.
Koreans feel they have been vindicated, but the rest of us just shrugged our shoulders and looked around quizzically.
I don't mean to say that you sound as absurd as that of course, I do mean to point out that crazy things can result from a feeling outside of a context.
[This message has been edited by Brad (06-12-2002 08:36 PM).]