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skipping step 1 and going straight to step 2.

The point about crazies is that they're crazy. They want attention, and a warning counts as attention. I'd guess that anyone who gets a warning is most likely to respond by posting endless screeds about how persecuted they are.

So for the occasional crazies a public reprimand might temporarily decrease the signal to noise ratio, and will probably lead on to step 2 anyway. So I suspect step 1 is redundant in practice.

The only real reason for banning people is if their idea of debate is an endless stream of ad hominems and very little else. I don't much care what people believe as long as they can produce a coherent more or less reality-based argument to support their beliefs, and can express it without attacking anyone personally.

No one should be banned for believing the wrong things - only for not debating with civility.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jan 29th, 2007 at 10:29:56 PM EST

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