- Ok folks, here goes nothin'...
>Elfwine: I've been playing for the last 15 years, and I've only heard
> I am astonishished that a society based on chivalry, and especially
> those on this list who are Peers, have remained silent when a Lord
> calls a Lady an "Asshole", and more. Had this conversation taken place
> anywhere else in the society, that Lord would surely have been called
> before a Court of Chivalry to answer for his breach in behavior. I
> thank those who came to BlkKnightI's Lady (Tracy) and offered
> encouragement, though I am disheartened that they did so privately.
of 3 chiv courts that've definitely occurred in that time, and they were
all in relation to somebody who's now in prison for murder. (really)
This suggests that the bar is rather higher than calling someone an ass.
As far as name calling goes, well obviously nobody should be calling
anybody obscene names, be they lords, ladies, or blue-ringed octopi.
However, this whole thing blew up so hard and fast that I suspect I was
not alone in biting my tongue lest I make a bad situation worse.
(Translation: it's bad karma to tap-dance in a minefield.) However
convenient electronic conversations are, there is one known pitfall:
the loss of subtlety and nuance in communication frequently lead people
to assume that messages are more aggressively intended than they were,
and arguments that never would have happened in a more subtle
environment frequently explode into just the sort of mess we saw here.
If they'd been speaking face-to-face, I doubt the argument would have
gotten anywhere near as heated, and certainly not to the name calling
stage. Those of us who've been on the net for a while understand that
people frequently overreact and do so in ways that are rather more
vociferous than they might otherwise do, and adjust our tolerance levels accordingly.
Personally, although I wasn't much interested in the back quiver debate
(since I only shoot crossbows) I at least skimmed the messages, and to
be frank, I did think at the time that Tracy's 'well if you want to
emulate Errol Flynn...' comment was a bit more sarcastic and flip than
it needed to have been. The invitation to the list-owner to take his
ball and go home was..inadvisable at best. It's hard to have an open
discourse if dissenting opinions are invited to leave.
Enough damage has been done all round.
Can we just drop the argument and move on?
So, I heard somebody ask what the BOD did to the archery rules.
Anybody know? I'm actually sort of curious.