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Comment author: Bugmaster 26 January 2012 01:02:13AM 7 points [-]

Perhaps you're a moderator and have seen it...

Sorry, I'm just a random guy, not a moderator.

Too few pant-hooting rationalist chimps had upvoted me...

I think one reason for this might be your propensity for calling people "pant-hooting rationalist chimps". This kind of behavior does not usually win you any allies.

The rest of your post is full of emotionally charged language, and yet nearly devoid of supporting evidence. In the closing paragraphs, you end up painting yourself as a (future) martyr: a lone voice of shining reason, extinguished by the gathering darkness etc. etc.

Upon reading this, most people here (myself included) will react very negatively to your post, because we don't take kindly to being emotionally manipulated. When people say "politics is the mind-killer", your post is exactly the kind of thing they're referring to.

I'm not saying this to discourage or insult you. I don't think you're malicious, and I do respect your passion on this topic. In fact, you may even be right about some (or possibly even all !) of the things you say. But you've got to tone down your rhetoric before people start taking you seriously.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 26 January 2012 05:44:22AM 1 point [-]

I think one reason for this might be your propensity for calling people "pant-hooting rationalist chimps". This kind of behavior does not usually win you any allies.

Pretty much everyone hoots in their pants once in a while. It's okay.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 26 January 2012 02:21:33PM 6 points [-]

Sure. Most people also drool, masturbate, and watch television from time to time. That said, if I interpret "drooling, television-watching wanker" as a neutral description that probably does apply to any given person, I am doing a remarkable job of failing to attend to connotations.