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Old 03-26-2011, 01:15 PM   #21
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In the flow chart, I would have added a "fail" node for anyone who raises his or her voice to make a point. I think one reason I rarely get upset in Internet discussions is that there is no audio track.

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Old 03-26-2011, 01:30 PM   #22
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I saw this post and I am not happy with it, so I am returning to it. I may have given an impression that does not fully reflect my feelings. I have been helped by many posts from many people. I do usually read the threads that are more concerned with factual things than the pure opinion threads, but I get into those also.

I have thought about this issue a fair amount. I felt that during the downturn in 08-09, and the subsequent recovery that it might have been better for me to just go off the board for a while. Random ideas, some affected by the very stressful market conditions, can be hard to resist. We are all social animals, and moods are catching.

On the other hand, this board is full of people who are genuine experts on many things, many things that I really don't now and never will know very much about. So when I or someone else asks a question, and board members answer, it is always helpful to me.

And like some others mentioned, I enjoy the humor, and the very real concern for other members that is very often evident here.

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I'm glad you posted this expanded consideration, Ha, as I am sure that very few of my posts meet anyone's standards of providing valuable information (just like in my real life!) but somehow I can't stop myself from posting anyway.

I appreciate the people who ask questions here about their portfolios or other financial decisions and the people who respond to them--it all gets added to the mesh of existing material that floats around in my brain and gets filtered in some kind of random decision tree if I find myself in a similar situation.

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i think one reason i rarely get upset in internet discussions is that there is no audio track.
I think there is!!!*

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Old 03-27-2011, 07:13 AM   #24
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Oh, Nords, if anybody should know the difference between verbal abuse on screen and verbal abuse in person, it's a submariner or any kind of sailor!

I cannot stand being loudly talked at, unless it's a noisy environment or something. I will leave an argument, rather than let a shouter/ranter hurt my ears and blood pressure.

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I think one reason I rarely get upset in Internet discussions is that there is no audio track.
But you can always add your own:

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The nuance of the tone of voice and facial expression adds immeasurably to any active dialog. Somehow smileys don't capture it at all...
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Oh, Nords, if anybody should know the difference between verbal abuse on screen and verbal abuse in person, it's a submariner or any kind of sailor!

I cannot stand being loudly talked at, unless it's a noisy environment or something. I will leave an argument, rather than let a shouter/ranter hurt my ears and blood pressure.

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I guess being a recruit in the Army is out of the question then?

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But you can always add your own:

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Great idea! Emphasize your main points with a burp effect!

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I guess being a recruit in the Army is out of the question then?
Gosh, no, that definitely qualifies as something that'd make me end a discussion in a hurry! I was just referring to Nords's service in particular.

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