to respond or not,worthy question or not
- Michael wrote also:
>I'm under no obligation to respond to every person who posts in athread.
However, if someone asks you ( asks one) a specific question, responding
directly to something you have written, or to the perceived implications thereof,
or to something not addressed in your remarks, which they propose needs be
addressed, they presumably consider it germaine to an ongoing discussion. Sure,
you **may** dismiss such questions or comments without reply.
If others listening to the discussion also consider it a valid, or
interesting question, they **may** wonder why no reply is offered.
But no (or rather, so yes?), lack of a reply need not be taken de facto to
indicate a lack of a possible response, so again, yes, agreed. **However**, I
again submit that a lack of response to a well considered question( which
however the one questioned thought it not to be, granted), raised in mid
discussion, **may** raise doubts for some, as to if a thoughtful answer is indeed
In writing the above, I venture to mention, confess, that I several times
caught myself beginning to use the verb 'persuade,' which I acknowledge supports
your contention that persuasion is an element of exchanges here, and I thus
somewhat undermine my suggestion that it is exchanges of views, not persuasion,
that is central to debates, er, um, I mean 'dialogues' on this list.