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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 May 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

There is no forum rule against 'being stupid.' grin

We do have a few rules about specific types of behavior. We generally prohibit references to current politics (last 10 years). Advocating violence or expressing bigotry against a race or religion are not allowed.

(Sometimes I receive complaints from people who see things that are not there. They might say, "People who say X actually believe Y." Well, maybe. Let's stick to what was actually posted, OK?)

However, on an almost daily basis, I get requests that basically amount to: "Reader X should not be allowed to express his opinion, because it is stupid and I find what he said to be offensive."

If Reader X has not broken any forum rules, and if you find his post offensive, you could of course contact Reader X directly (assuming you are a Supporting Member and can PM him) to resolve your differences. Perhaps it is just a misunderstanding.

Or you could politely respond to his post publicly on the forum, suggesting why he is wrong and you are right.

And, of course, you can use the forum tools to Stifle and/or Ignore him.

While I encourage everyone to avoid 'being stupid' on the forums, we are all stupid from time to time. grin

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 6:26 a.m. PST


And, of course, you can use the forum tools to Stifle and/or Ignore him.

That's too easy.
It's also un-manly and does not allow true outrage to flow.

Personal logo badwargamer Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

Surely this is a stupid topic. Do you not agree?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Instead of stifle, TMP should have an official brace of dueling pistols. That way we can solve any disputes like gentlemen.

basileus6618 May 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

Stupidity is a natural right for every person with an Internet connection. It should be enshrined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 6:49 a.m. PST

I had a boss who said people have a God-given right to be stupid…and exercise it every day. Who are we to take away their rights? Instead of dueling pistols, I propose duct tape at twenty paces.

Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

Are we there yet?…

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

Dueling ? Firm believer in balloons and blunderbusses
over sewage pits, myself.

(If you've seen 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying
Machines', you get it. If not, do arrange to see the
movie, it's really funny).

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

So, I can write to Bill and complain about the stupid people here… and he will read it!

I had no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!

Making a list!

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member18 May 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Eye kant halp that my leval of thinkeng is far soup ear ior two most posters hear on TMP. Howevar, eye think that thay shoud be aloud to post enyweigh as it is gud praktis four them. And thatz knot jest my stoopid opinion, itz a fakt!

I may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but I do know that being different, acting different, saying different does not make a person stupid. If I thought someone was stupid because their statements were in opposition to mine, wouldn't the inverse also be true?

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

Does the Supreme Court ruling apply – I can't define Stupid but I now it when I see it.

panzerCDR18 May 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

"Thank God for stupid people, otherwise being smart wouldn't mean anything."

and

"Does it hurt to be so stupid?"

I think we all occupy some of that space at times. Pain, being a behavioral modifier, typically motivates one to become less stupid less often, or at least be less offensive.

Stryderg18 May 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

@ zoneofcontrol
Thank you. I struggled a bit, but laughed in the end. I appreciate it.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 May 2017 9:32 a.m. PST

And then there is one of my favorite Gilligan's Island lines:

"Too stupid to be stupid".

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 May 2017 9:33 a.m. PST

Eye kant halp that my leval of thinkeng is far soup ear ior two most posters hear on TMP. Howevar, eye think that thay shoud be aloud to post enyweigh as it is gud praktis four them. And thatz knot jest my stoopid opinion, itz a fakt!

You write better than some of my grad students.

attilathepun4718 May 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

Gunfreak,

You must be totally stupid because you want to duel with pistols when everybody with any brains knows that epees at dawn are the proper weapons of real gentlemen. I say cold steel is the only way!

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

For anyone who is offended by anything….

YouTube link

jah1956 Inactive Member18 May 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

Sorry I have visions of the aforementioned holding the duelling pistol and shooting themselves with it. As it would take to long to teach them how to fire one better to use clubs.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

And I have visions of Upper Class Twits trying to duel….

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 May 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

I just have visions.

Must be the pills.

Oh.

Don't take any pills.

It was just a vision.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 11:38 p.m. PST

Ooohh, I would support a little tool on TMP that allowed members to conduct "duels" with one another! And also between members and the Editor-Boss. Determine the result with a randomizer. Equal odds all round. Then all differences would be settled honorably, like Gentlemen. Give the loser a special bandage icon for a few days, let the winner have a brace of pistols or rapier as an icon for the same period of time.

Yes, it's silly, but anything would be better than this recurrent bickering.

And we'll need a slapping glove for issuing challenges.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

Why suffer being stupid? Embrace it!

Dan

PJ ONeill19 May 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

Doctor- "Does anyone in your family suffer from mental illness ?"

Patient- "No, they all seem to enjoy it"

awalesII19 May 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

Like my momma told me; stupid is as stupid does.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

PJ, that's even better than mine!

Dan

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

SGT Yuengling Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 May 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

On old Navy Commander that I served with many years ago had a small needle work poster made by his wife, which he posted on the bulkhead of his office, that stated

"The Stupid shall be punished"

I still quote it, 25 years later…..

Valator Inactive Member22 May 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

What if the problem is this Deleted by Moderator called "The Editor"? Does stifling work on him? Let's find out…

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 1:53 p.m. PST

Yes--but it automatically locks your account!

Oops. Too late. . .

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 May 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

Well, that problem solved itself! evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin evil grin

SouthernPhantom22 May 2017 9:38 p.m. PST

Wow, locking accounts for dissent. I am not impressed.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

SP it is really just natural selection, not suppressing dissent.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 May 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

Wow, locking accounts for dissent. I am not impressed.

This was automatic, my friend. grin

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

In that case,yes.

Maybe others,also?

Legion 423 May 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

it is really just natural selection, not suppressing dissent.
Good point COL, as I keep saying, this is Bill's show, he is the judge, jury and sometimes executioner … I know that very, very well.

Not saying I always like or agree with Bill's verdicts, but he is the "Highest Court" in the virtual TMP Land …

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