Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice
We sure aren't going to drink American beer. Not that some of the American microbrews aren't pretty good, but they're no competition for what comes out of Quebec. As for tearing down others, I put speaker guy on my ignore list because that seemed to be the only reason he came here. Read through this thread, which is typical of the level of disrespect and venom that he spews.
I don't remember if I iggy'd him then and there, I probably gave him at least a couple more chances at showing some civility first, but it wouldn't have been long after I'm sure.
I know exactly what it feels like when some random on the internet hates on something you bought that you love. "You bought X?!?!?!1 You got ripped off!! You could've gotten Y, which is way better in every way!1!" That stings, man. It's easy to get suckered into getting offended and defensive. Sometimes it's true, and sometimes it's totally misguided, but it's always a challenge to respond in a way that doesn't look bad.
I can't imagine what it feels like to have people criticize my own
designs. Maybe you're reading more into it than we do; I don't see (much) more than a spirited debate in that thread; with the exception of some name-calling which is never called for, or ever acceptable in civil discourse. I really don't see any venom or outright maliciousness. Blocking someone should really be a case of last resort, like racism, threats, or harassment, though. You should read this particular thread, as it has become a bit of a witch hunt. Defend yourself, or at least be aware of the discussion. I don't like watching a guy in a coma get beat up (even if he's there by choice). If you feel targeted by DiySG, it would seem you both share interests and thus gravitate towards the same threads. Only in this thread (that I'm aware of) have things turned more personal.
Arguments are awesome! I have personally had it happen that I was trying to prove a point to some random dummy on the internet, so I did research to find direct quotes and references. At which point I promptly discovered I was the dummy, and was forced to apologize. (I am Canadian!) Differing viewpoints make us question our philosophy or at least refresh our knowledge. I know it can get exhausting dealing with different personalities, but it can be really good for the soul. If it gets too much, just ignore it in real life instead of killing the discourse. My 2 cents.