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From: Wilcox Lisa <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Ridiculous outbreak of personality politics
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 15:12:22 -0800
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Hi Alan--

It seems to make no difference what a list topic is supposed to be:
All lists eventually combust in flame wars.

Someone somewhere --doubtless several someones-- have completed
doctoral theses on this cyclical phenomenon.

One way or another, all outbreaks get resolved. In this case, the
admin has stepped in. <== shrug ==>


Lisa


On Feb 9, 2010, at 2:54 PM, Alan R wrote:

> I do not know what is going on in the DNA hobby lists at present but
> there is an outbreak on the lists of degenerating into people
> getting personal and off-topic. I know these are informal sites but
> I think some sort of basic norms of civilised debate and standards
> of respect even if people strongly disagree must apply. Everyone
> knows posters who they do not agree with or even like but surely its
> best to avoid personal stuff. This sort of thing has existed on
> other sites for some time and DNA rootsweb seems to be having a
> major outbreak. Its no test and all very easy to show respect to
> those who you agree with but it doesn't mean much if it is not also
> extended to those we are in disagreement with. As some say -
> attack the post not the poster.
>
> Alan


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