Bad blood

Obviously tensions are a little high. I’m not sure how to help, but this weekend the posts got so unpleasant that I have to at least try.

It’s annoying and frustrating when you feel like you’ve spent a lot of time offering a helpful correction and that it’s not being appreciated.

It’s also annoying and frustrating to feel like you’re being nit picked.

It’s also annoying and frustrating when you try to be peacemaker and people throw ad hominems at you.

And it’s also annoying and frustrating to see peacekeeping attempts from someone you feel has been the attacker in the past.

One thing we can all do to help is to try to see it from the other person’s perspective. In debates this is called “steel manning” the other person’s ideas. It’s the opposite of “straw manning.” Even if someone is an awful person, they can make a good argument. Even if someone is a great person, they can be wrong.

I know this stuff can get emotional, but I beg each of you to do your best to take a breath, and be the bigger person, and keep this board awesome.