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Re: Pledge To Killfile a person

* Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>, [2005-08-09 23:09 +0100]:
>  <sigh> I absolutely *hate* being forced to defend myself against this
>  crap and as a general rule, don't. But mob rule is one step too far.

FWIW, I'll not sign this pledge.
Closing my ears and not even listening to what one has got to say, even
if my opinion is *completely* different or if I'm convinced that the
speaker is an asshole means only that I'm scared by the positions
expressed, or that I can't^Wwon't understand them.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right
to say it."

Even thoughts I don't share may be important for myself, for improving
my knowledge and my views.

I also don't like at all that some people signed the pledge anonymously.
If you feel so strongly about someone's behaviour you should be
responsible for your position and not feel the need to hide yourself.

For what concerns the trolling accusations I think that the best way to
stop someone acting as what we call 'a troll' is to drop provocations
and give them what they deserve. Silence.

I'm not defending Andrew, his way of communicating or what he thinks in
any way (which however doesn't mean that I always disagree with him).
It's a matter of principle.


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