Fine Line of Inflammatory Topics

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Blog entry by Cricket posted 01-08-2015 02:18 PM 2451 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it is important that we take a moment to make sure our members understand where the fine line is between an open discussion vs. an inflammatory topic that may trigger hate type debates.

As an example, it is perfectly okay to have discussions concerning racism as a whole (in the off topic area) and how that has an impact on society. When it comes down to it, more often than not, communication is the key to finding solutions to many of the social issues in our lives today.

HOWEVER, it is not okay to have discussions which attack groups of people as a whole, incite hate, or uses personal opinion as fact to open a discussion.

For instance, we would not start a thread like this one . . .

Why Do Purple People Hate, Kill, and Eat Green People?

Why don’t we open topics in this manner?

(1) If you are assuming that all purple people, hate, kill, and eat green people based on one purple person (or a group of radical purple people) doing those things then that is not a fact for discussion. It’s simply your personal bias concerning purple people.

(2) Because hate topics rarely do anything about actually finding solutions. They only increase the hate and further decrease communication.

Does that mean we are limiting your right to free speech?

Nope! You are 100% free to stand on the street corner and say whatever you want about what you believe. That is between you and your local law enforcement. You can write anything you want on your own website. That’s between you and your hosting company and perhaps Homeland Security.

But here in the community, the owners of LumberJocks and I get to choose where that line is drawn.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandi

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 02:28 PM

©Poem/Publishing Rights – David William Bethune SOCAN/BMI

“Who Really Won”

I Think It’s Time We Took A Second Look
At Our Reflection In The Mirror
And Have A Silent Conversation
About Why We’re Really Here

We All Entered In The Same Way
And We All Leave Through The Same Door
We All Brought Nothing With Us
And Won’t Leave With Nothing More

What Do We Gain From Hate And Greed
What Are The Benefits Of War
We Know We Reap The Seeds We Sow
So What Do We Do It For

Why Not Try To Treat Each Other
With Respect And Dignity
Quit Judging One Another
Live In Peace And Harmony

Why Keep Heading Down The Same Road
Why Not Learn From Our Mistakes
Why Not Just Care About Each Other
Is That Not Really All It Takes

When This Journeys Finally Over
When It’s All Said And Done
Who Really Won? Who Really Won?
Who Really Won?

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 02:38 PM

it just seems to me that corn bread and greens go good together ,but i hate biscuits with greens

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 02:49 PM

Well said Cricket.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 02:56 PM

no one on this earth is perfect, we have no right to judge anyone, are we a part of the program that is trying to make things better or not, i have found that if you do your best each day to love those in our lives, then love begets love, it is so much easier to love then anything else, nothing good comes from hate , nothing comes from tearing someone down, am i perfect, far from it, but i do know that when i try harder each day to love, then that is what comes from me more than anything else, personally i do not go into the forums unless its woodworking related, and i’m very happy with that, i looked at the number of woodworkers here, over 100,000…....when i joined there was 8000…a huge difference, does it take a lot more energy to have things run smoothly with 100,000 then there was with 8000, not if we strive to love one another, we came here because of woodworking.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 03:03 PM

Amen. Thank you Cricket.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 03:13 PM

Could not have been said or written better. Thanks Cricks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 03:35 PM

As always, there are a few that need to bring others down to their level. Good job on trying to keep it on the proper level.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 03:42 PM

Great perspective, Cricket.
Keep up the righteous fight!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 04:15 PM

Thank You Cricket

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 04:39 PM

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. ...

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 07:20 PM

and that right there…....

is why we love you Cricket :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 01-08-2015 07:48 PM

Y’all are seriously the best of the best. :-)

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#13 posted 01-08-2015 07:57 PM

Thanks for the clarification, Cricket.

This and one automotive site are the only ones that even attempt to keep it civil, and it is appreciated. I do however ignore most of the rabble rousing, since life is just too short for me to put a dog in what is not my fight.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 01-08-2015 08:42 PM

Thank you so much Cricket. Very well done.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#15 posted 01-09-2015 05:37 AM

I must have missed something…
... sounds like we’re on the right track…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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