The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14038   Message #118613
Posted By: Rick Fielding
28-Sep-99 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: fingerpickers, and flames!
Subject: RE: fingerpickers, and flames!
The other thing I noticed from the (competitive) Fingerpickers site (how right you are Jack) was that the comments are all in the form of TV political style sound bites. I guess this can lead to snarky short responses, and snarkier short re-responses. I don't know how many times on Mudcat I've started to say something that might be inflammatory, gotten a couple of paragraphs into it, and realised I'd kind of worked out my hostility, by just writing it out. I'd start thinking about the other person's point of view and how maybe it wasn't that bad after all. Back to the beginning of my post, and remove "how stupid can you be...." and change it to "You know, I'm not sure I agree with......." Hard to do that when you're only writing two sentences.

Rick