Not sure that I've ever been on the receiving end, but if I was I'd want to check my facts and position because I don't think he does anything just to be contrarian.
So as an extension of that rationale it's fine to insult other posters, as long as there's some logic to your commentary?
As I stated earlier, it's possible to contribute to debate in a constructive way that's respectful others. Forum members have varying levels of expertise. Regular posters are usually armed with good knowledge, but some post seeking advice from members more heavily invested in AV technology and culture. Ill informed commentary may require correction, but this can be done without resorting to insult.
All taste cultures make rabid disctinctions. AV culture is no exception. It's not difficult to map a hierarchy of forum members. Assertions of authority that belittle others are efforts to stake one's claim to position. Roughly translated, the insulting contributor is saying "I am the expert here, acknowledge my superiority." Insulting comments quickly become tedious and little effort is needed to unpack the psychology.
Or to put it another way, you mean they're EDITED to mark their territory?
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I might debate the word "insult" (if I could be bothered but I've had this conversation too many times and nobody bloody listens so I can't be bothered), I might be blunt but personal insults are rare.
When I am at my most ascerbic it's almost always directed towards the regular contributors who really should know better, I don't generally do that to new people, unless they come storming in spouting off as if they own the place and talking complete nonsense (and we've had a few of those lately).
Or maybe some of us just like seeing accurate information being given to others? If I was that desperate to show my superiority I'd get involved in the all AVI threads.
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Who is the mysterious Pengu?
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I guess they're not going to fess-up, so we'll have to speculate. Surely this is worthy of a thread in its own right.
Maybe it's The_Lhc, starting a good-cop-bad-cop routine.
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I'd suggest implying that people are stupid is insulting. Again, it's possible to provide accurate information in a friendly manner. My observations are about language and tone, rather than accuracy.
You were suspect #2.
It was who I thought of second.
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It could be Max...
Even if they are stupid?
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I'm guessing you don't walk the streets screaming "you're ugly, you've got a fat *rse," or other insults that spring to mind as people pass by. They might be accurate observations, but what do you gain from this activity?
Again, I'd question the motivation behind any insulting or derisory remark. In saying "you're stupid," what you're really saying is "I'm smarter than you are."
C'mon, let's get back to finding out who Pengu is.
Firstly, we should make a list of all of the forum members that The_Lhc has upset at some point.
Mmmm, maybe not, could be quite a sizeable list.
Hey The_Lhc, any idea who it is?
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