A Reminder of AviationWeek.com's Community Guidelines

Apr 20, 2017

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Discuss this Blog Entry 6

on Jun 4, 2016

Thank you. I wish more news sites would have firm guidelines.

on Apr 21, 2017

I agree,thank you

on Apr 20, 2017

Please remove all comments with name
calling reference as we disagree with each other. Like for example, Mark Lincoln just recently referred to a member "empty head" because the individual has a different point of view.
Thank you.

on Apr 21, 2017

Good idea,

on Apr 21, 2017

Please remove all comments with name
calling reference as we disagree with each other. Like for example, Mark Lincoln just recently referred to a member "empty head" because the individual has a different point of view.
Thank you.
- Dolomite

Dolomite
on Apr 15, 2017
Mark, as usual you don't understand Trump. I guess he is not operating by your twisted view of reality.

Mark Lincoln
on Apr 17, 2017
"Nonetheless residual communist are all over Washington, government and media alike."
- Dolomite

“An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.”
― Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

In technical detail Dolomite I did not myself call any member “empty headed.” Mr. Hoffer was addressing the difficulty of discourse with true believers.

I will not engage in the tu quoque logical fallacy by pretense that my quotation of Eric Hoffer was justified by your assertion my view of reality is twisted. I lack Mr. Hoffer’s eloquence and influence.

Your assertion that ”Nonetheless residual communist are all over Washington, government and media alike,” might be seen by Mr. Hoffer as ”rubbish.” Thus my use of an apothegm might be appropriate argument. You might benefit from reading his book “The True Believer.”

Merriam-Webster defines “Troll” as: “a :  to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.”

I try to avoid such. When, however, I am so targeted I will try to reveal the factual or logical fallacies of the “inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content” directed at me. I endeavor to do so without engaging in such behavior.

There is an old saying about the kettle calling the pot black.

One might more politely observe that the pot had been located over an oxygen deficient, fuel intensive conflagration for an overly protracted period.

“Focus on intelligent discussion of topics and keep it relevant. We will not tolerate persistent trolling, personal attacks of users, editors or any other individual.”
- AW&ST

I agree wth that guideline and try to adhere to it, or with the sprit of the guideline when subjected to what might be considered trolling.

The issue was the President’s reversal of policy on the Ex-Im Bank and the Federal Reserve. I believe an examination of the conversation will show I was consistent in addressing that issue and in defending with facts the respective institutions with reasonable argument based upon factual material.

Another apothegm Dolomite: “You are master of what you say until you utter it, once you deliver it, you are its captive. Preserve your tongue as you do your gold and money. One word could bring disgrace and the termination of a bliss.”
― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

If you wonder who he was and why I cite him, he was a wise man, an able warrior and his assassination haunts the world to this day. Also his words constitute a terse, pointed saying, embodying an important truth in few words. Do not take it as an insult. Consider his advice.

on Apr 24, 2017

…our community platform is free to use for *registered users*
…we deem to be professionally acceptable for *our subscribers*

Editors: your policy is an oxymoron. So long as you allow anyone to “register”, your paying subscribers will be forced to suffer through the daily barrage of pretentious, interminable, and useless comments (see preceding screed) if we want to get a word in edgewise.

What with the new Aviation *Every-Other-Week* & Space Technology print edition, the loss Craig Covalt’s unrivaled reporting, the “dumbing down" of engineering content for managers; insulting me with this “open” comments policy is making me question the value of continuing my >40-year subscription to this once great publication.

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