Hello there. Thanks for dropping by. I've finally got some time to improve my user page, so...yeah.
I'm kind of good with history and politics, so I'll try and help with that wherever possible.
Oh, and I'm very sarcastic and/or facetious, so take what I say in the Saloon with a grain of salt.
I barely know what my religious beliefs are. For simplicity's sake, let's say I am an Episcopal Deistic Humanist.
I am on Wikipedia here.
And this is me, on the political compass with a bunch of caricatures.
Just a draft generator
Drafts(Edit at your leisure)
- User:RoninMacbeth/Bruce Bartlett
- User:RoninMacbeth/Tulsi Gabbard Reorganization
- Essay:RoninMacbeth/An Open Letter to Senate Republicans
No one likes them. They disrupt discussions, drive away users, and make the RW experience less pleasant for everyone. But that does not mean that there should be a rule against being an asshole.
On a purely philosophical level, it goes against the idea of people being allowed to say as they please within reason. RationalWiki has always opposed restrictions on the speech of its users, and for the most part, this is a positive thing. People have a right to be assholes, just as much as we have a right not to interact with assholes. Obviously, there's a line between "asshole" and "HCM," but until that line is crossed, we do not need to interact with them (and yes, I will admit that I feed the troll and/or asshole sometimes). We all have a right to be assholes, and we all have the right to not interact with them.
On a more practical level, this leaves the question of how this rule would be enforced. How do we define "being an asshole?" When a person says something mean? This is RationalWiki. Tempers flare, egos clash, factions form. Every user here has been an asshole at least once. My main fears are that either the rule is never enforced (in which case, why bother making it) or it will be used as a way for one faction in an HCM occurrence to purge RationalWiki of opposition. Because we are all assholes at various times, the only people who will end up being punished are those who are not popular enough to "get a pass." I already worry that the rules are enforced based on popularity or a faction winning out, and this kind of thing will only exacerbate that.
If I am elected moderator, I will never enforce a ban on someone being an asshole.