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Topic: A modest proposal
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Susan L. Addington

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: A modest proposal
Posted: Jun 11, 1996 4:37 PM
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You sure are slow to catch on!
I use only positive reinforcement in communicating with
Andre[i]--if he says something reasonable, I respond.
So I mostly ignore him.

Susan Addington
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On Tue, 11 Jun 1996, Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote:

> One of the things that makes this country great is the freedom it affords
> us to express ourselves (within very reasonable limits) as we see fit, to
> spend our time as it pleases us (to the extent that we do no harm), and
> the genuine atmosphere of debate that such freedoms promote. I hate
> censorship, and the only bumpersticker on my car reads "Censorship: It's
> Un-American." Thus, I would be loath to call for the censorship of
> anyone, regardless of how mean-spirited, stubborn, or ill-willed that
> individual might be. Boycotting, however, has a long and noble history.
> In good conscience, I cannot request that we ban Andre Toom from this
> list, despite the fact that he refuses to do anything other than attempt
> to bait supporters of the Standards, waste time with language games in
> which only he makes the rules, and to play the same sorry one-note tune.
> Even when members of the list make polite and sincere attempts to address
> his concerns, answer his baited questions, explain his mis-understandings
> (which have reached the point of perversity, on my view), he persists in
> harping on points which are predicated on what I now take as willful
> disregard for the English language and an underlying intellectual
> dishonesty. It is evident to anyone who follows this list that Andre will
> ignore any serious attempt to answer his complaints, or will twist them
> into his own peculiar interpretations. To all extents and purposes, he
> lives in his own world.
> Thus, I suggest that we allow him to waste no more time or bandwidth. As
> long as he persists in his refusal to exhibit even minimal fairness and
> civility, he should be ignored. If a person argues as if he were the only
> person in the universe, I think we should allow him to remain alone in
> that universe. I suspect that he will grow lonely. Whether that will lead
> him to quit the list or to rejoin it as a reasonable and productive
> contributor is an open question.
> Naturally, my suggestion obligates no one. If others find his
> contributions reasonable and productive, by all means they should
> disregard this post. If, on the other hand, you have grown as tired of
> wasting time with him as I have, please refuse to give him the attention
> he craves. It is my sincere belief that if we ignore him, he'll go away.
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> Michael Paul Goldenberg
> University of Michigan 310 E. Cross St.
> 4001 School of Education Ypsilanti, MI 48198
> Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259 (313) 482-9585
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