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Re: disruptions, my take Tabitha

Posted by SLS on February 20, 2016, at 15:02:06

In reply to disruptions, my take, posted by Tabitha on February 20, 2016, at 12:07:57

I do appreciate your thoughts and considerations. Perhaps you are right regarding the presence of mental challenges. Most of us seem to have one.

Mentally ill people can be trolls, too. Should they get a free pass when they know what they are doing, anyway? Lou Pilder has demonstrated that he has the ability to follow rules and exercise self-restraint. Without a moderator, he has learned that he can disregard the FAQ guidelines with each of his posts; posts that would have resulted in posting blocks in the past. He was able to follow the guidelines in the past. Why not now? He absolutely understands that his words are hurtful and upsetting to individual posters, especially when this hurt has been verbalized. He continues to hurt people, anyway.

"In Internet slang, a troll (/'troll/, /'tr?l/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,[3] often for their own amusement."

The stumbling block in the use of this definition has to do with intent. How are we to know the intent of someone who is mentally ill, yet acts in every way like a troll? I have considered much in a long history of uncivil posting by Lou Pilder. He is not so innocent. I don't trust that his intentions are benign. He has written things that betray his meanness. He is machiavellian, in my estimation - a component of the troll dark tetrad. I no longer take him at face-value. He is quite clever.

We could discuss this subject quite a bit more in this forum, and I really appreciate your following my request for redirection.

I am not oblivious to the fact that my posts regarding Lou Pilder are themselves uncivil according to the rules that governed this website when it was moderated in the past. However, if we were moderated, there would be no need for me to post in the manner that I have. Lou Pilder wouldn't be here if he continued to post as he does now. I have given much thought to this. I have chosen to ignore the FAQ, just as Lou Pilder has. Our goals are different, though. I still manage to exercise some self-restraint. Walking the line is somewhat difficult.

For reference:

I would gladly be warned and blocked from posting if it were to result in the equitable treatment of others who are similarly uncivil.

I hope you continue your discourse with Mr. Pilder on the Medication board. I find it insightful and informative. But PLEASE, take Lou's name out of the subject line each time you reply to one of his posts. I hope you understand why I should make this request.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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