Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Picking Friends on the Internet Playground


The last few weeks have been really interesting for me in that I have learned a lot about the etiquette of various social media these days. I have learned from the consultant controversy that you are not supposed to key people you're talking badly about into the conversation; nor are you supposed to do so on Twitter; nor in your blog posts. I think that's a coward's way to deal with issues that you have with other people. 

So let me state this unequivocally for everyone who reads me. If I bring your name up in a post then I will key you in on Google+ because you deserve to know if you're being discussed. Good, bad, or indifferent; to deny you the right to defend yourself if such is called for is devalue my own words and those of my readers.

A few other things that you should know about how I have been conducting myself, and will continue to do so in the future. 
  • If I fuck up in a post, and make a mistake, I fully intend to own up to it. 
  • If you present evidence in your arguments that is convincing I'll tell you you're right. I gain nothing by ignoring new evidence and trying to show you how big my metaphorical cock is online.
  • If I don't care about what we're talking about I'll tell you that too.
  • I will continue to curse in ways that amuse me.
  • My titles will sometimes have nothing to do with what I'm writing about.
  • My descriptions on Google+ will almost never deal with the post.
  • I don't care about your gender, what clothes (and how much clothing) you choose to wear, your job, your race, or sexual orientation. I only care about what you're creating and saying.
  • I will treat you fairly so long as you treat me the same. 
  • I will read people that aren't popular and support them when they do things I like regardless of how other people view them.
  • I will continue to be as honest as I can in my posts and in my interactions with each of you. I will fuck this up occasionally because I am only human, but when I do I will try to make it right by owning my lies. 
  • I will rarely be talking about politics because this blog isn't focused on such things.
If you find this sort of etiquette unpalatable then it has been nice having you as a reader and I'm sorry to see you go. This is the way that I have been standing for a long while now and it is how I intend to go on for the foreseeable future.

There now; I feel better now that I've cleared the air and there are no delusions that I will be conducting myself in a manner that offends my delicate sensibilities. 

18 comments:

  1. Yeah! :)
    It's a shame, you even have to spell it out like that. I would call all of these basics of communication. :P
    Ok, maybe without the google+ descriptions thing... ;)

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    1. I would have too, but this week I've been admonished on several occasion for exactly these things. Figured it would be a good idea to go ahead and let them know what was coming.

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  2. For what I been able to understand by when I follow your blog, I assure you that you did not need to reiterate these points because they were already obvious.

    Anyway, I'll follow you over because I find interesting many of your post and also because I share the 100% of the points that you just listed.

    Ah, as I have already said, however, I do not forgiveness the fact that every time you speak ill of the Forgotten Realms! :p

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    1. LOL!


      While I hate the old realms the Sundering has actually gotten me interested in it. So I'm giving it a shot right now. :)

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  3. Charles, we love you just the way you are. Don't ever change buddy.

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  4. It's sad that you feel the need to spell this out, but I guess that's the tenor of many online communities these days.

    As for the blow up with the Pundit, I guess I just totally missed it. I'll I've seen is others commenting on it.

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    1. You're not missing much with the Pundit noise other than knowing that you've got a whole lot of people who claim he's offended them and marginalized them over the years are now trying to marginalize him while playing the victim.

      TL;DR: lots of noise that doesn't matter.

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  5. Screw all the noise. We should just start our own clique and go hang out behind the cafeteria.

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    1. Oooooh! Can we wear biker jackets and carry switchblades? I've always wanted a biker jacket!

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    2. We'll have swanky gang patches for the jackets and I'll get my mum to sew them on for us. Wicked cool.

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    3. Score! Now we just need to come up with a bad ass name for our gang. How about the Inclusive Gatekeepers? Our motto could be "We let everyone in - but no one makes it out!"

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    4. Done! We'll be the most inclusive gang around.

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    5. I particularly like "but no one makes it out!" ... muahahahahahahahahahah!

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  6. "I don't care about your gender, what clothes (and how much clothing) you choose to wear, your job, your race, or sexual orientation. I only care about what you're creating and saying. "

    Fucking A.

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  7. Not supposed to tell people that you're talking about them? Damn Wheaton's Law is broken so many ways by that that it's not even funny. (not that it ever was)

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    1. You know a lot of it is cowardice I think. They want to have the visceral release of saying something awful about another person but not the responsibility that comes along with being a dick. I own who I am and what I say.

      Not everyone wants to play that way, but it's how I'm playing the game of life.

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