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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-20-11 06:30 PM
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38. The rule is known under a couple different headings.
The first is "clarity." Look at the amount of this thread that is based on the same or a similar misunderstanding of your position. It's important to be as clear as possible online because discussions are readily derailed by simple misunderstandings like this. Being as clear as possible also leads to the second way to approach this issue: "Common courtesy."

When you start a thread, you are initiating a discussion. The content of an OP forms the basis of that discussion. The piece you posted without comment essentially says, "Fuck pharma--they force dangerous drugs down your throat." By not offering any of your own thoughts on the issue, you are making the statement that the piece you posted speaks for you. Making that statement and then arguing against its style and implications is incredibly discourteous because doing so creates an impediment to having the discussion you started. To then complain about the inevitable mess is absolutely ridiculous.
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