…As in, the blog that can be found in my “Cool blogs to check out section”.
Recently I lost my temper in a thread there, the first time when I was on that site that I’ve ever snapped at the moderators. I was defending Crude but, sorry Crude, it was less about him and more about the mods’ general attitudes. I’m not going to link to the specific thread because I know my personality and if I link to it I’m going to get angry then get sucked back in, and I don’t want to deal with that right now. But, I will tell you why I snapped.
The thread was about new rules that were used to bully conservatives being put in place at a University, and it was fine as far as it goes. I commented in the thread a couple times to take part in the discussion and was in general agreement with the mods.
Crude came in and asked “Okay, what should we do about it?”. I answered by using the “Vox Day Sci-Fi Spectacular(TM)” as my blueprint for a good method to use when being bullied by liberals. Okay. Whatever.
Crude and Lydia McGrew, an extremely smart philosopher and one of the mods, started going back and forth. Crude said that he thinks that academia should be burned to the ground. Lydia, after awhile, became so offended that Crude never took this back she started insulting him personally. When Crude pointed out that Lydia was badly overreacting to simple disagreement, Paul J. Cella, another mod and another very smart man, said that Crude’s posts did “reek of trollishness” or some such nonsense.
Now, before I go on, I want you to realize a few things. First, I like WWWtW. They’re smart guys, they make a lot of good points, and I’d rather they be allies then enemies. But their attitudes are nothing new. They hate, hate, HATE disagreement. Doesn’t matter who disagrees, if you don’t back down they will insult you and ridicule you. The best you can say is that they (normally) won’t ban you.
I know I’m not the only one who noticed this – I believe former mod Jeff Culbreath left because he got tired of Lydia’s attitude. And honestly, I can deal with this. I like Vox Day, after all, and he can be far nastier than they’ve ever been.
But, when they said that to Crude, I snapped. Not because it was Crude specifically, but because Crude was being polite, responded to every point Lydia made, and made his case carefully. But he refused to back down to Lydia McGrew, and this frustrated her, so she started insulting him. And Paul, who is friends with Lydia, decided to side with her because Lydia is his friend and Crude is not. And I told them all this.
That was ridiculous. That was immature. That was not intelligent. And that was nothing new.
So I’m taking a break from there for awhile. I’ll let them stew at me for a bit, then stew at Crude (a lot more than me) for a bit, then come back when I’m not ready to bite people’s heads off. But conservatives in general need to be better than that. We should be able to handle simple disagreement within our ranks on basic issues respectfully.