Spectacles, on Jun 11 2009, 11:49 AM, said:
You know what? Honestly, I no longer think there is any chance for this proposal to succeed.
Let's forget it.
No, we shouldn't. Let's not
forget it. Sometimes the better an idea is, the longer it takes to get it off the ground. Remember the Wright Brothers.
And sometimes a concept is basically simple, but realizing it is not; it takes not only thought and work, but time.
Spectacles, on Jun 10 2009, 07:51 AM, said:
Sparky: Posts don't necessarily have to be heavily researched with citations, like I said, they can just be well thought out and calmly stated. It's conversation WITHOUT the sarcastic zingers that add nothing to the thread. Without the baiting and comments intended purely to provoke, without the indignation and escalating anger. That's all. Like I said, we're not writing a dissertation here, we're just having an intelligent debate.
I agree. Citing specific sources can be helpful in some cases, but sometimes people are speaking from their own personal experience---there is no link, for example, for either my father's experiences as a POW, or for one of my children's experiences with school bullying. Yet both are valid. The vital thing is the attitude or approach with which one enters the discussion.
This would be voluntary discussion and debate with standards that promote reason and civility.
And that is an idea well worth working for.