I'm reminded of going to punk rock shows and how my friend would attempt to take on the mosh pit. We'd leave and he'd say he was fighting, but everyone else understood he was just getting his ass kicked enthusiastically. He'd never admit how dumb the idea was, and in his mind, everyone in that most pit would never forget the mistake of clashing with him.
My frustration with Set is that his poor behavior is such distraction from his brilliant thoughts. He knows his stuff, and I learn a lot, but it's insufferable to read though his hostile bullshit. I'd honestly have a lesser objection if he was just somebody I disagreed with on most topics.
Take a debate on religion, we have some posters here who love nothing more than to characterize atheists as bitter and angry, and here comes Set fueling their stereotype. At this point, the thread theme will change and it becomes soooooo much harder to maintain discussion in terms of history, evidence or even thoughts and feelings, because now it's just about who is worse. It becomes about winning, or fighting the longest until the other person bows out.
I have no idea what Setanta hoped to ACCOMPLISH
in this thread. What was the objective? Perhaps it would have been a topic worth ignoring, but I think at some very minor level we function as a community and have over time establish a certain set of communal values about how we interact. In a forum, all we have is our words. It is our only transaction, so it does not surprise me that so many posters would take issue with anyone (not just Set) that behaves in a way which doesn't really square with those values.
Oh, and Sarah Palin is dumb, I prefer "climate change" over "global warming" because it better describes the issue, and while the iPad doesn't seem to be anything too special right now, the app community will be what decides if it will be anything worthwhile.