I have taken the rather unusual step of deleting a site from my blogroll. I think that merits some explanation. A while ago I started to blog about the issues that were emerging on the very new community blog, Docudharma, but got too busy with more pressing matters to finish the post. This is as far as I got:
Not a week into its very successful launch, the new community blog Docudharma is well into its first major Docudrama. So young in blog years to already be deep in a multi-diary meta war. Not that surprising when one considers that one of the new blog's frontpager/administrators is none other than Armando. It seems someone dared to suggest that name-calling is less than constructive and suggested that fellow bloggers try to be civil. The reaction from Armando came swift and sure, in a diary designed to nip that civility thing in the bud.The problem with this is that the folks who write this type of comment will wield "civility" like a club in an attempt to stifle debate. I know it. I lived it.
Yes, it's true. Armando is a battle-scarred warrior for the right to hurl vile epithets, and his temper finally cost him his comfy orange cushion, as detailed here.
A mere 382 comments later, DavidByron, of all people, completely nails Armando's central point.Armando knows the correct club to use is to be a moderator and threaten to ban people.
Because that, indeed, is the central thrust of his tirade.You;d be surprised (4.00 / 3)
how uncivil these civility discussions become.by: Armando
I think discussing and urging "civility" should be a banning offense here.
I am only half kidding.
Strangely, Armando was right. The civility lecturing on that site has gotten downright weird, but the lectures are coming from the blog administrators; especially one ek hornbeck. With a hat-tip to catnip, hornbeck recently posted as a guideline for Docudharma behavior, the eightfold path of Buddhism.
The Four Noble Truths-
- Life means suffering.
- The cause of suffering is desire.
- There is a way to stop suffering.
- The Eight Fold Way.
The Eight Fold Way-
- Right View
- Right Intention
- Right Speech
- Right Action
- Right Livelihood
- Right Effort
- Right Mindfulness
- Right Concentration
And hornbeck means business. As further down in "meditations on the cause of suffering" he explains that infractions will result in suspensions and banning. Here's a snippet:
They are committed to ethical conduct, of which one part is Right Speech. Let's review the elements-
- Abstention from false speech that deliberately lies and deceives.
- Abstention from slanderous speech and the malicious use of words against others.
- Abstention from harsh words that offend or hurt others.
- Abstention from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth.
Well, still working on that last one myself, unless you define it as gossip which some scholars do.
Another part of ethical conduct is Right Action- kindness and compassion, honesty, respecting the belongings of others, and keeping sexual relationships harmless to others.
If you don't want to be ethical- leave.
If you don't want to be here- leave.
We're here to work on the last 4 parts of The Way.
If you are developing new bad habits. If you are not abandoning old bad habits. If you are not developing new good habits or maintaining and perfecting the same-
Mental energy is the force behind right effort. The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline, honesty, benevolence, and kindness. Without effort nothing can be achieved.
If you're not going to make an effort I'll not waste any of mine on you.
If I see you misbehaving I'll suspend you. If a Contributing Editor complains about you in the Admin Forum I'll suspend you.
First, no questions asked.
This is a temporary suspension. The intention is to keep you from doing any more damage to yourself or others. You will not be able to post (comments or essays) or rate.
A notification will be put up in the Admin Forum and as many Admins and Contributing Editors as care to contribute will discuss your case and debate the appropriate punishment. This process may take 24 hours.
Most punishments will take the form of suspensions, either 2 days or 1 week. You will not be able to post (comments or essays) or rate. You may receive multiple suspensions and they may be greater or lesser depending on severity and frequency of the offense. All Administrative Punishments will be reviewed by budhy.
Sounds like hornbeck is well on his way to becoming an illumed being. He's got it down, except for that idle chatter thing. Yeah, that one's hard. Further down the thread he demonstrates some of his perfected "right speech." I'll just post a handful for purposes of contemplation:
Pity Me. (3.00 / 3)
I don't pity you at all. You're a liar.
The Buddha would not save you if he could. Your path is your path and your path is the path of a known liar.
Why do you demand a link from me? (4.00 / 1)
You've lied in this thread.
AND you've claimed your Whiny Ass Titty Baby self is a tough as nails war correspondent who went to Oxford AND Cambridge.
Or some unproven crap like that.
I have no pity for you- loser.
"Whiny Ass Titty Baby," is one of hornbeck's favorite phrases, though sometimes he renders it in the simpler version WATB. (Note to self: Must check to see if that sterling phrase is from the Lotus Sutra). But, his most impressive example of "right speech" was imparted to one Sabrina an Pff:
Coward am I? (79.33 / 15)