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podcast 180: forum etiquette

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Paul Wheaton talks to Jocelyn Campbell about some difficulty in running the forums at permies.com. Paul shares some history behind the 3rd ethic. Paul talks about fallacy. Paul talks about text-based communication, and positive/negative interpretation. He talks about not feeding the trolls, and focusing on sharing constructive bricks. They are looking for speaking gigs and farms to visit on their west coast tour. In the forums, Jocelyn suggests staying focused on the topic and not the people. They mention an easy way to search for information on permies using google.

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- There is a HUGE difference between someone monitoring their own forum, (or publication, etc)
to minimize, if not eliminate, 'unproductive' material from their domain (be it in print, on the air,
or on the Internet) - and government censorship, dictating what information adult citizens may
or may not have access to.

Paul - the 'be nice' rule is an attraction to people who read and participate in your forums to
learn and share information and ideas! I hope you do not listen to the naysayers.

IMHO, there is also a difference between 'freedom of speech' and 'abuse' of speech, but that
is just my opinion. My concept of liberty and freedom is well illustrated in the animated short
'Philosophy of Liberty': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z1buym2xUM

There is a requirement to respect others rights & freedoms, too. That includes refraining from
bullying people into trying to get them to think the same way you do. It seems to boil down to

- On the '3rd Ethic'; wasn't it 'return of surplus'? But I can't say I've really paid that much attention
to it. At the least, maybe the 3rd Ethic could be thought of as a 'do no harm to people' in the process,
(unlike chemical-dependant agriculture, which seems to be harmful to both people and the earth,
every step of the way- from manufacturing the chemicals, to shipping them across the country and
around the world, to their application, to the residues in food, water, and now... the air (the break-
down products of glyphosate have been detected in rain. Sigh.)


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