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It's not that I mind what's being written, it's that sometimes people want debates to be carried out on their terms and get all huffy when they're not.

It doesn't seem a very mature or useful attitude.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 04:49:44 PM EST
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Please then define the terms of how debates should be conducted at ET.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 06:16:37 PM EST
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not necessarily on your terms.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 06:17:39 PM EST
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Of course. (I'm smiling now) But we do mix boxing and wrestling (and sometimes extreme fighting). The very fact that most rules are unstated is the power of ET. And, in fact, few rules exist (thanks to you).

The cusp between control and chaos is where innovation occurs.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 06:39:36 PM EST
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Terms of the debate are settled in equilibrium between two sides who start out with different assumptions. It's a hermeneutical thing, Sven ;-)

Anyone who thinks he or she can control a thread is doomed to frustration, though. Threads will always go off topic.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Mar 27th, 2008 at 02:27:47 PM EST
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