People on this and other boards ask for people's opinions on (sometimes) controversial subjects related to cruising (e.g. children on cruise ships is always a good one) When they receive honest opinions, they make personal attacks on whoever does not share their viewpoint. Either the disagreer has diminished mental capacity ("you who disagree with me are senile") or a personality disorder ("you who disagree with me are mean and nasty"). DO NOT ASK FOR OPINIONS if you just want people to agree with you.
A bit of our imperfect "human nature" sneaks in once in awhile I think. Controversial topics are almost always emotional topics as well, so occassionally sensible thinking takes a back seat.
This Gripes board in particular is a bit of unique message board anyway. Sometimes people post what they consider legitimate gripes, other times people post hoping to steer up some controversy (for the action<G>), and other times people post with their tongues in the their cheek, just to see who bites.
Personally I don't view it as a problem to have a bit of bickering every now and again. There's a certain entertainment value to some spats. People just have to do it without the name calling. Name calling simply shows lack of creativity and imagination. The easy way out, if you like. Well thought out debate is much more interesting.
If I don't agree with you on this matter am I a dimwitted moron who didn't take his prozac today?? ; D
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What Kuki says is correct. This is a Gripes board and you shouldn't post an opinion without expecting that someone will contradict it. The manner in which people offer their opinions is "human nature". Don't take things others say too personally. It may sound like a personal attack, but chances are it was directed against your idea, not you. When things do escalate to the level of personal attacks, administrators will step in and remind people of the proper etiquette.
Sometimes people get just too defensive if someone has a different opinion. Every one has their own opinion and we're all different - that's what makes likfe so interesting. We don't have to agree with everybody about everything - just respect each other.
I think the worst topic is kids that smoke, smuggle booze, cut in line, push all the buttons on the elevators before they get off and show up for formal night in shorts and a t-shirt.
Nothing could be worse!
*My* favorite gripe has become folks who are constantly whining and moaning about the upgrade they didn't get/think they might not get, the money they paid (think it should be less) and the TA's they hate (but are using). Whining is the ONE thing I can't tolerate.
Choice, folks. We all have choices....
dorothy (want some CHEESE with that whine?)
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