That's an interesting round of responses!
msolga and engineer -- While it is true that if you ignore a person, they might never know they are being ignored, it is also true that some posters start haunting you, demanding that you answer their questions/accept their challenges/look back through 27 pages of posts to find the original statement that started the mess!
One prominent rightie was stamping his little feet at the liberals and those he sees as liberals (who often tell him they are not), demanding that we take his quiz. To shut him up, I took it. He didn't mention it again. On the other hand, when I have told a poster that I am not going back several months to find a remark which may be on anyone of three threads, I received an angry dismissal.
There is no pleasing some folks!
intrepid -- How you play the game! Ahh, there's the rub! Sounds a little like Survival. I admit that I have not seen more than five consecutive minutes at a time and have only subjected myself to no more than four glimpses, that there could be a strategy in Survival is just puffery. Really?
The only games I like are Scrabble, Bogle, Text Twist and Sudoku. I detest games that involve strategy.
But I have to say that I was raised to ignore people who annoy/taunt/ridicule me. Not that I haven't rebelled against my upbringing! That is why the headline of this thread bothers me? How can ignoring someone be considered ignorant unless the person being ignored is your child who is in distress? Ignoring someone who is rude/childish/utterly stupid is simply the adult way of handling certain situations.
And, I have been guilty of not being adult. Why? Because sometimes I think people just need mirrors held up to their faces.
Granted, we all have types of people we hate and certain sets of words that set us off like a match to a fuse. I hate the sort of woman I might call a cheerleader and that has made males on this forum and its parent abuzz really angry with me!
setanta -- Some of those trolls are sock puppets created by people who are having a bad day and who assume an identity, go one a2k for a weekend and blow off steam by picking on a poster -- in this case, you -- then disappear as that incarnation.
That's why I think fora like this are safety nets. Someone who is borderline can sign on, assume an alias, vent and leave without pulling a trigger.
Eorl wrote:"Ignore" is definitely the most ignorant choice. By definition. Duh.
Not so . . . people get ignored because of a previous history which has convinced the member ignoring them that they are not worth reading. They make that decision based on knowledge, not ignorance.
Quote:Well, it depends on how you use it.
If you use it freely and impulsively then your point may have relevance.
Who are you to say how someone else should use their account or to judge someone for not being your identical twin?