Wow, this is not good.
I’ve seen people who I think were friends arguing over little stuff. I’ve seen people running around leaving Wrong!s everywhere they go, without explaining their disagreement with the poster. I’ve seen too much uncivil behavior and people who do great work threatening to leave Docudharma. And a lot of the people thinking of leaving are the people we need most–the civil ones who are able to have a spirited discussion without tipping over the edge of grudge-match.
I think buhdy is wrong. Arguing: Yea! Fighting: Boo!
I know this is just semantics, but I think of fighting as arguing and causing bad feelings without actual content. Yes, we have to avoid the “echo-chamber” effect of everyone having the same opinions and just patting each other on the back all day; being uncivil is not the way to avoid this.
I agree with buhdy that spirited discussion is good for the soul, but look what has happened since this shit started. People following others around to other essays and continuing the fight started elsewhere. Name-calling and gratuitous invective have been rampant and once people get into this mode it is difficult to stop. I like the fact that people won’t be banned simply because buhdy disagrees with them. I like the fact that diversity is not only tolerated here, but encouraged.
The point of this post is the effect this kind of crap can have on this site. Discord among us is a call to the disruptors to descend on this site and cause more discord. They see us fighting and they say, “Alright! This is my time to shine! Look how easily I can bait these people and cause them to flame-on!” This kind of infighting leaves up vulnerable to outside attacks and splitters who love nothing more than to stir-up trouble and spread bad karma.
Here are my suggestions for how to turn down the flames:
Let’s try to overcome this episode and help this site recover from the animosity. If plf515 goes it will only prove my point about the good people leaving to avoid the bad karma produced by irrational fighting.
I’ll say it again to emphasize my feelings about this.
Don’t Go! Stay and help.