Conservapedia:Avoid personal remarks

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The purpose of talk pages is to discuss how to improve articles. If you have opinions about the contributions others have made, feel free to discuss those contributions on any relevant talk page.

But if you have opinions about other contributors as people, they don't belong there - or frankly, anywhere on Conservapedia.

A project like this prospers on people working together toward improving articles. Anything else, especially attacks directed specifically at users, detracts from the wonderful thing that we are creating here. Do not try to advance or defend your argument, idea, or position by posting ad hominem attacks -- arguments to the man -- attacking the person you're debating with. It is one sure sign you are losing the debate, your position has been weakened, or fails.

Some people feel they must retaliate against - or at least suppress annoying personal remarks directed against them. But the great writers of bygone years recommend against this (and recall that we all remember the great writers far better than their critics):

  • Walter Winchell once consoled a victim of criticism and slander by saying, "Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants." It is a physical impossibility. (Bishop Fulton Sheen)
  • "If were to read, let alone answer, every criticism that came my way, this office would have to be closed for all other business" (rough paraphrase of Lincoln)

In case ignoring personal remarks doesn't work, administrators can issue warnings and blocks.


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