On Positive Blogging, Trolls and Harsh Words

10 Nov

I’m always so fond of mathematics since my childhood. If you seek hard enough and don’t give up to the seemingly-unsolvable problems, nothing beats the rush you feel when you finally solved it. It’s also surprising that many times mathematics will give you a clear inspiration about life.

In mathematics, negative numbers are whatever number that falls below zero. Beside negatives, there are two other types of numbers based on this particular classification. They are zero and positive numbers. This means that just because a certain number is not a negative, it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily positive. It can be zero or nil.

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Let’s now take that premise and apply it to the world of blogging, – particularly in Indonesia. I get increasingly disturbed with the fact that a lot of blogs feel ( explicitly stated or not ) that they are giving something positive to the blogosphere, – when in fact they are just merely being “non-negatives”. I am talking about people who act like they are sharing their knowledge to the world, but don’t dare to ask the hard question : Am I truly giving something useful ? Or is it just cheap talk, and means nothing or zero ?

To get more specific, these are people who blogs carelessly and without responsibility. Usually they do one ( or all ) of these things :

  • Stating some immature opinions offensive to others.
  • Making their points by stating derogatory reference to other things / people.
  • Using harsh words or figures of speech.

One of the oldest arguments they use to justify it is “This is my own blog. I can do or say anything in it.” Indeed, I agree that you have the right to do that. But I’ll answer this with an illustration ( This is just a hypothetical analogy, I am by no means a racist ) :

Say that I own a house on a large street in town. Now, whatever I do within the boundary of the house is entirely up to me. Whatever I say, or whatever color I choose to paint my house, is similarly, is my own decision to make. No one can debate that right of mine. But what if I erect a sign on my lawn, clearly stating that “I Hate Blacks..!” ? Is it still within my rights to do so ? Maybe yes. But no one can blame the angry mob when someday they finally decided to lynch my house.

My point is : Rights are rights. But mankind doesn’t operate by rights alone. You can say anything you like in your blog. But if you deliberately offend others in it, then sooner or later you’ll feel the consequences. Our parents’ generation have a particular saying for this : You will reap what you sow.

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Similar logics apply to Trolls. They mostly feel that in the name of freedom of speech, they can say anything they want in the comments they make. Again, you can. It’s a constitutional right you have as a citizen. But please stop for a moment and consider : What value your comments will have to the world ? Most of the times the answer is zero, nil and non-existent.

Also, let’s get deeper to the problem and not stopping to the issues of insolence and harsh words. Some people don’t do such things, but fall victims to another kind of trap. They argue against other commenters,sometimes missing the point of the blog post completely -; just to show the world how knowledgeable and articulate they are. Sad but true. If you do that, I will say that you are not giving us anything positive whatsoever. Trust me.

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Still, there are others who don’t blog or comment actively, but belong to the same group. They are the ones who mostly are involved heavily in microblogging services or social sites. This breed is easy to identify. They mostly “broadcast” their status, telling the world how important they are and what they do, and got involved in a conversation where there is a chance to display their knowledge. Interestingly, they also tend to use harsh words.

To such people, I have one thing to say : I am aware that you are knowledgeable and learned. But really what you do is embarrassing yourself, – because you’re practically telling the world that you are not a creature of culture. And going back to the issue of doing something positive vs. being a big zero, – need I say more ?

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Let us continue to make our beloved blogosphere to be something positive. We owe it to ourselves. Positive not just for each other. But also for the world in general. Even for those who don’t have any access to the Internet and can’t read our posts.

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UPDATE :

This post is now as complete as it can be. The real-life example was kindly supplied by a Troll named Horta, – who left a half-crazed comment. Identity masking, capital letters and harsh words; you are injuring nobody but yourself there.  Judge for yourself, guys… 🙂

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45 Responses to “On Positive Blogging, Trolls and Harsh Words”

  1. Horta November 11, 2008 at 3:59 am #

    AH GO F*CK URSELF, U GIVE URSELF TOO MUCH CREDIT. U SIR ARE A NOBODY, A NOTHING, A NEVER WILL BE.

    WHO GIVES A SHIT WHAT YOU RANT ABOUT, GET A LIFE F*CKWAD

  2. Horta November 11, 2008 at 3:59 am #

    AH GO F*CK URSELF, U GIVE URSELF TOO MUCH CREDIT. U SIR ARE A NOBODY, A NOTHING, A NEVER WILL BE.

    WHO GIVES A SHIT WHAT YOU RANT ABOUT, GET A LIFE F*CKWAD

  3. unquote November 11, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Well, Horta…. It really shows what kind of person are you, yes ? Thanks for making my point stronger 🙂

    P.S. : I can guess who you are

  4. unquote November 11, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Well, Horta…. It really shows what kind of person are you, yes ? Thanks for making my point stronger 🙂

    P.S. : I can guess who you are

  5. pico November 11, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    on Web 2.0 summit report post by Jeremiah Owyang in his blog, he mentioned “tech blogger circle jerk that we all tire of” (http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2008/11/08/web-20-summit-gives-a-purpose/). I kinda agree with Jeremiah, that some tech blogger do something that jerks always do.. offensive and using harsh words..

    On microblogging and status updates, you must aware that those are relatively new tools and most users still expect none but surprise as their new experiences.. Yes, then some were found those can be a new ground to be exploited..

    Am I truly giving something useful ? I don’t know.. Would you let me know? So far I wrote hundreds posts spread on many of my blogs but very few commented by readers.. I tried to compare with those you know blogs with only five grumbling lines.. Mine was nothing.. 😀

  6. pico November 11, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    on Web 2.0 summit report post by Jeremiah Owyang in his blog, he mentioned “tech blogger circle jerk that we all tire of” (http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2008/11/08/web-20-summit-gives-a-purpose/). I kinda agree with Jeremiah, that some tech blogger do something that jerks always do.. offensive and using harsh words..

    On microblogging and status updates, you must aware that those are relatively new tools and most users still expect none but surprise as their new experiences.. Yes, then some were found those can be a new ground to be exploited..

    Am I truly giving something useful ? I don’t know.. Would you let me know? So far I wrote hundreds posts spread on many of my blogs but very few commented by readers.. I tried to compare with those you know blogs with only five grumbling lines.. Mine was nothing.. 😀

  7. unquote November 11, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    @pico

    On microblogging and status updates, yes they are new tools. Yet I still feel that its newness can not be used as an excuse 🙂

    About you; if you can say that your blogs is “nothing”, then it means that you and what you do are truly “something”.. 🙂

  8. unquote November 11, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    @pico

    On microblogging and status updates, yes they are new tools. Yet I still feel that its newness can not be used as an excuse 🙂

    About you; if you can say that your blogs is “nothing”, then it means that you and what you do are truly “something”.. 🙂

  9. Chris Prakoso November 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks for the post. I really need to think a couple of times now before I publish my post. Not that I haven’t done it already, but maybe now even more aware of what I’m writing.

  10. unquote November 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    @Chris What makes you think that you have anything to worry about what you write ? You clearly don’t belong to the “group of big zero”. 🙂

  11. unquote November 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    @Chris What makes you think that you have anything to worry about what you write ? You clearly don’t belong to the “group of big zero”. 🙂

  12. chibialfa November 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Just get a chance to read your post. To be honest, I feel a bit offended, well offended is a strong word, but a bit… apa ya? tersindir kali ya? 😛
    Most of my blog posts is rants, or my shameless effort to show the world how good myself is (conscious or sub consciously),and there are a lot of grammar/spelling mistake but that’s another thing.
    And yes, I realize I sometimes abuse twitter technology by flooding it with useless/lunatics writing, in a way it’s my own thing to release stress. I become more careful these days by adding @jtug whenever I want to go lunatic.
    So yeah, okay, maybe the internet world is not as free as we thought it is. To whom I offend in twitter/micro blogging/blogging, forgive me, there was never my intention. Un-follow me if you wish 🙂
    Errr… I wish I am smart enough to give the world something more inspiring than just flaunting out my achievements or knowledge. Seriously, I am dying to be smarter, and wiser. And the last one is even harder to achieve.
    🙂

  13. chibialfa November 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Just get a chance to read your post. To be honest, I feel a bit offended, well offended is a strong word, but a bit… apa ya? tersindir kali ya? 😛
    Most of my blog posts is rants, or my shameless effort to show the world how good myself is (conscious or sub consciously),and there are a lot of grammar/spelling mistake but that’s another thing.
    And yes, I realize I sometimes abuse twitter technology by flooding it with useless/lunatics writing, in a way it’s my own thing to release stress. I become more careful these days by adding @jtug whenever I want to go lunatic.
    So yeah, okay, maybe the internet world is not as free as we thought it is. To whom I offend in twitter/micro blogging/blogging, forgive me, there was never my intention. Un-follow me if you wish 🙂
    Errr… I wish I am smart enough to give the world something more inspiring than just flaunting out my achievements or knowledge. Seriously, I am dying to be smarter, and wiser. And the last one is even harder to achieve.
    🙂

  14. unquote November 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    @chibialfa I referred to a very specific group of people in my post : those who do not give us anything by acting as the smartest people in the world AND making reference to others in an insolent way. Those who do so usually use harsh words as well ( See the first comment on this post by a Troll ). 🙂

    You, on the contrary, don’t do so. Any rants that were put forward in an honest, open way like yours always give something for the rest of us. You’re brave, not insolent. That’s different 🙂

  15. unquote November 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    @chibialfa I referred to a very specific group of people in my post : those who do not give us anything by acting as the smartest people in the world AND making reference to others in an insolent way. Those who do so usually use harsh words as well ( See the first comment on this post by a Troll ). 🙂

    You, on the contrary, don’t do so. Any rants that were put forward in an honest, open way like yours always give something for the rest of us. You’re brave, not insolent. That’s different 🙂

  16. chibialfa November 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    ah, you do know how to make people feel better about themselves 🙂 kudos…
    but I did offended a person once, was not my intention. made me wonder how many others who felt so but didn’t have the gut to say it in my face “how could you do that?” or simply say “you biatch!”
    And no I am not brave. Being honest just helped me releasing stuff that I could never do in real life. Saying the truth, out spoken.
    Despite of my mellow out take, this is a very useful post. Thanks, hopefully the internet will stay positive.
    G’nite!

  17. chibialfa November 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    ah, you do know how to make people feel better about themselves 🙂 kudos…
    but I did offended a person once, was not my intention. made me wonder how many others who felt so but didn’t have the gut to say it in my face “how could you do that?” or simply say “you biatch!”
    And no I am not brave. Being honest just helped me releasing stuff that I could never do in real life. Saying the truth, out spoken.
    Despite of my mellow out take, this is a very useful post. Thanks, hopefully the internet will stay positive.
    G’nite!

  18. venus November 12, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    oh? owkay, I guess I have a confession to make, then. I use harsh words like, errr…most of time. on my blog posts, plurk, twitter, everywhere.

    huff…I’m gonna have to think twice now before using those F words again next time, huhuhu…

    thx a lot. this is uh, kinda new to me. nobody told me such thing before so yeah, thanks a bunch 😀

    *goes into hiding, malu*

  19. venus November 12, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    oh? owkay, I guess I have a confession to make, then. I use harsh words like, errr…most of time. on my blog posts, plurk, twitter, everywhere.

    huff…I’m gonna have to think twice now before using those F words again next time, huhuhu…

    thx a lot. this is uh, kinda new to me. nobody told me such thing before so yeah, thanks a bunch 😀

    *goes into hiding, malu*

  20. venus November 12, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    on another note, I must say this is relieving to say harsh words sometimes. kinda. *niat ngeles, huehehehe*

    but then again, thank you. eh tapi gak selalu jelek kan kalo ngomong kasar? kadang jadi lucu, tergantung situasi dan konteksnya juga, ya gak sih pak? 😛

  21. venus November 12, 2008 at 3:03 am #

    on another note, I must say this is relieving to say harsh words sometimes. kinda. *niat ngeles, huehehehe*

    but then again, thank you. eh tapi gak selalu jelek kan kalo ngomong kasar? kadang jadi lucu, tergantung situasi dan konteksnya juga, ya gak sih pak? 😛

  22. LeonnieFM November 12, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    🙂 Honey, Thanks for making this post. I have been waiting for you to write it because I can’t do it myself. One, for not so good on putting my thoughts on “paper”. Second, because I still use those harsh words sometimes.

    Thanks for reminding me on and off lines about stating my mind clearly on the subject and leave the bad words in the toilet.

    See, my problem is not using those harsh vocabularies but twisting good words to deliver evil mind of mine. Like what I did to Shanty in Venus’s 100 thing post.
    (http://venus-to-mars.com/2008/11/06/100-things/)
    So by that I hurt people too.

    I guess this concept is what keeping me from writing my blog more often. I tend to write things with a sharp tongue, and I don’t want it to become a nasty habit which will be my trademark.

    Last thing is to that cowardice Horta, I’m using my privilege as your wife to say this (not trying to start a war, unless the ball rolls that way):
    “Dude, gal, whoeva you are…. if you think Fajar is nothing and will never be nothing, take a close look at yourself in the mirror. By writing your comment as you wrote it and being anonymous like that, you are far less than nothing! Next time, don’t try to fight him. He is a man.. face some one your own gender: ME! and I have lost quite body weight, so I guess I’m about your size too”

    Honey, bear your wife, OK… kiss.

  23. LeonnieFM November 12, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    🙂 Honey, Thanks for making this post. I have been waiting for you to write it because I can’t do it myself. One, for not so good on putting my thoughts on “paper”. Second, because I still use those harsh words sometimes.

    Thanks for reminding me on and off lines about stating my mind clearly on the subject and leave the bad words in the toilet.

    See, my problem is not using those harsh vocabularies but twisting good words to deliver evil mind of mine. Like what I did to Shanty in Venus’s 100 thing post.
    (http://venus-to-mars.com/2008/11/06/100-things/)
    So by that I hurt people too.

    I guess this concept is what keeping me from writing my blog more often. I tend to write things with a sharp tongue, and I don’t want it to become a nasty habit which will be my trademark.

    Last thing is to that cowardice Horta, I’m using my privilege as your wife to say this (not trying to start a war, unless the ball rolls that way):
    “Dude, gal, whoeva you are…. if you think Fajar is nothing and will never be nothing, take a close look at yourself in the mirror. By writing your comment as you wrote it and being anonymous like that, you are far less than nothing! Next time, don’t try to fight him. He is a man.. face some one your own gender: ME! and I have lost quite body weight, so I guess I’m about your size too”

    Honey, bear your wife, OK… kiss.

  24. Daus November 12, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Saya harus meninggalkan Twitter karena (ternyata) Twitter tidak memberi saya apa-apa kecuali makian-ketika-saya-melakukan-kesalahan-kecil-yang-tidak-akan-membuat-hidup-seseorang-susah.

    Dan rasanya sangat lega. Indeed.

  25. Daus November 12, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Saya harus meninggalkan Twitter karena (ternyata) Twitter tidak memberi saya apa-apa kecuali makian-ketika-saya-melakukan-kesalahan-kecil-yang-tidak-akan-membuat-hidup-seseorang-susah.

    Dan rasanya sangat lega. Indeed.

  26. unquote November 12, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    @Daus…. Saya netral dalam isu yang menimpa Anda 🙂

    Kesusahan yang dialami setiap user bersifat relatif, kita tak bisa mengukurnya berdasarkan parameter kita pribadi. Namun, saya sependapat bahwa makian adalah hal yang tak perlu dan memalukan untuk dilontarkan 🙂

    Juga sedikit klarifikasi, TIDAK SEMUA user Twitter menanggapi masalah Anda dengan kata-kata kasar dan makian 🙂 Mohon jangan dipukul rata 🙂

  27. unquote November 12, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    @Daus…. Saya netral dalam isu yang menimpa Anda 🙂

    Kesusahan yang dialami setiap user bersifat relatif, kita tak bisa mengukurnya berdasarkan parameter kita pribadi. Namun, saya sependapat bahwa makian adalah hal yang tak perlu dan memalukan untuk dilontarkan 🙂

    Juga sedikit klarifikasi, TIDAK SEMUA user Twitter menanggapi masalah Anda dengan kata-kata kasar dan makian 🙂 Mohon jangan dipukul rata 🙂

  28. unquote November 12, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    @venus There are harsh words, and then there are “harsh words”, if you know what I mean…

    Harsh words is a a valid figure of speech. Sometimes it may be inevitable to use it. This is not what I argue against.

    What we can work at is the use of such language as daily lifestyle. As Internet user, much of our lifestyle is exposed online. Let’s not discuss about rights over personal lifestyle, I mentioned it in my post. However, what we tend to forget is that each of us has our own audience / followers.

    The big question is : Are we doing something useful for them ? Or are we actually ( consciously or not ) doing something otherwise by employing foul languages ?

    Thanks for commenting 🙂

  29. unquote November 12, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    @venus There are harsh words, and then there are “harsh words”, if you know what I mean…

    Harsh words is a a valid figure of speech. Sometimes it may be inevitable to use it. This is not what I argue against.

    What we can work at is the use of such language as daily lifestyle. As Internet user, much of our lifestyle is exposed online. Let’s not discuss about rights over personal lifestyle, I mentioned it in my post. However, what we tend to forget is that each of us has our own audience / followers.

    The big question is : Are we doing something useful for them ? Or are we actually ( consciously or not ) doing something otherwise by employing foul languages ?

    Thanks for commenting 🙂

  30. chibialfa November 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Let’s celebrate that there are good people we meet online and also offline 😀 We’ll be awaiting for you and @leonniefm here ya http://chibialfa.wordpress.com/?page_id=132

    🙂

  31. chibialfa November 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Let’s celebrate that there are good people we meet online and also offline 😀 We’ll be awaiting for you and @leonniefm here ya http://chibialfa.wordpress.com/?page_id=132

    🙂

  32. Daus November 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    @Unquote, keputusan saya meninggalkan Twitter bukan karena saya menggeneralisasi perilaku pengguna Twitter. Sama sekali tidak. Dalam kasus saya, ada juga kok yang responsnya baik.

    Saya cuma tidak mau “dikecewakan dua kali”. Ada sedikit rasa trauma diperlakukan disrespectly. Anda pasti tidak bisa melihat direct message ke saya, kan? Which is, sadis, bahkan dari orang yang awalnya saya kenal sebagai orang baik.

    Saya malah berpikir jangan-jangan semuanya palsu.

    Bisa Anda bayangkan? Hanya karena urusan sesepele Twitter?

    Dan rasanya Twitter sejauh ini tidak memberi manfaat apa-apa, setidaknya untuk saya.

  33. Daus November 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    @Unquote, keputusan saya meninggalkan Twitter bukan karena saya menggeneralisasi perilaku pengguna Twitter. Sama sekali tidak. Dalam kasus saya, ada juga kok yang responsnya baik.

    Saya cuma tidak mau “dikecewakan dua kali”. Ada sedikit rasa trauma diperlakukan disrespectly. Anda pasti tidak bisa melihat direct message ke saya, kan? Which is, sadis, bahkan dari orang yang awalnya saya kenal sebagai orang baik.

    Saya malah berpikir jangan-jangan semuanya palsu.

    Bisa Anda bayangkan? Hanya karena urusan sesepele Twitter?

    Dan rasanya Twitter sejauh ini tidak memberi manfaat apa-apa, setidaknya untuk saya.

  34. unquote November 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    @Daus Saya mengerti. Saya juga percaya bahwa Direct Message yang Anda terima beberapa terkemas dalam bahasa yang “tak beradab”. Saya juga mungkin tersinggung dalam keadaan yang sama…

    Saya cuma berharap agar jangan sampai Anda menganggap semuanya palsu. Twitter, – sama seperti semua hal lain dalam hidup -, memiliki user yang berperilaku buruk dan baik. Tak lebih dan tak kurang dari itu 🙂

  35. unquote November 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    @Daus Saya mengerti. Saya juga percaya bahwa Direct Message yang Anda terima beberapa terkemas dalam bahasa yang “tak beradab”. Saya juga mungkin tersinggung dalam keadaan yang sama…

    Saya cuma berharap agar jangan sampai Anda menganggap semuanya palsu. Twitter, – sama seperti semua hal lain dalam hidup -, memiliki user yang berperilaku buruk dan baik. Tak lebih dan tak kurang dari itu 🙂

  36. Daus November 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    @Unquote, kata “semuanya” tidak saya maksudkan sebagai semua pengguna Twitter. Maksudnya semua yang orang-yang-memaki-saya lakukan di depan saya, sebelum saya melakukan kesalahan.

    Thanks atas pengertiannya 😉

    Dan ya, soal baik-buruk dalam kehidupan, saya paham kok 😉

  37. Daus November 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    @Unquote, kata “semuanya” tidak saya maksudkan sebagai semua pengguna Twitter. Maksudnya semua yang orang-yang-memaki-saya lakukan di depan saya, sebelum saya melakukan kesalahan.

    Thanks atas pengertiannya 😉

    Dan ya, soal baik-buruk dalam kehidupan, saya paham kok 😉

  38. kata dia November 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Hello Fajar. I go blogwalking for a variety of reasons. I go to yours to enjoy your inspiring posts.

    On the other hand, I also am often entertained by what you might ‘classify’ as non-negative and negative blogs. To tell you the truth, I used to love going to this one blog whose anonymous author’s point of view really annoyed me. A lot. But I liked visiting his site. If everybody agrees with everyone and are all “positive”, blogging won’t be as interesting. That’s why I watch Fox News just to amuse myself sometimes.

    It’s hard to say whether a blog is giving something useful. As distinct to maths, doesn’t this involved a question of relativity? For example, a couple of my favourite sites are those authored by really funny mummy bloggers. Now, I find them ‘useful’ because to me, they are entertaining, the posts make me laugh, and I feel like there are other mothers out there going through what I’m going through. On the other hand, other people/mothers might not like what’s written in these blogs. One even condemned one of my fave writers as ‘making children sound like they are a combination of cancer and IRS’.

    So, yes. Positive, non-negative, negative, useful, full of crap, it’s hard to judge and who are we to judge, really.

    I love the way you write. 🙂

  39. kata dia November 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Hello Fajar. I go blogwalking for a variety of reasons. I go to yours to enjoy your inspiring posts.

    On the other hand, I also am often entertained by what you might ‘classify’ as non-negative and negative blogs. To tell you the truth, I used to love going to this one blog whose anonymous author’s point of view really annoyed me. A lot. But I liked visiting his site. If everybody agrees with everyone and are all “positive”, blogging won’t be as interesting. That’s why I watch Fox News just to amuse myself sometimes.

    It’s hard to say whether a blog is giving something useful. As distinct to maths, doesn’t this involved a question of relativity? For example, a couple of my favourite sites are those authored by really funny mummy bloggers. Now, I find them ‘useful’ because to me, they are entertaining, the posts make me laugh, and I feel like there are other mothers out there going through what I’m going through. On the other hand, other people/mothers might not like what’s written in these blogs. One even condemned one of my fave writers as ‘making children sound like they are a combination of cancer and IRS’.

    So, yes. Positive, non-negative, negative, useful, full of crap, it’s hard to judge and who are we to judge, really.

    I love the way you write. 🙂

  40. unquote November 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    @katadia.. I truly understand. This post’s intention was never to judge, – in the sense of I know better.. 🙂

    It was rather more like a call for those who agree that useless post PLUS harsh language, – is something we could be better without…. Please note the word “PLUS”

    About being useful, I believe that we are not to judge, – and we don’t need to do that. All seemingly-pointless ramblings serve its purpose. What doesn’t give anything for me, may be an inspiration for you; and vice versa.

    Please, don’t get me wrong. Again, I am not trying to condemn most of the world by dubbing them “unuseful”. As I said before in my previous comments, I was raising my voice against a very specific group of Internet user, – whose benefits for us are very doubtful, to say the least 🙂

  41. unquote November 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    @katadia.. I truly understand. This post’s intention was never to judge, – in the sense of I know better.. 🙂

    It was rather more like a call for those who agree that useless post PLUS harsh language, – is something we could be better without…. Please note the word “PLUS”

    About being useful, I believe that we are not to judge, – and we don’t need to do that. All seemingly-pointless ramblings serve its purpose. What doesn’t give anything for me, may be an inspiration for you; and vice versa.

    Please, don’t get me wrong. Again, I am not trying to condemn most of the world by dubbing them “unuseful”. As I said before in my previous comments, I was raising my voice against a very specific group of Internet user, – whose benefits for us are very doubtful, to say the least 🙂

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