Get off my lawn!

Sunday, 23 December 2012 06:58 am
mokie: A screaming child holding a headless teddy bear (exasperated)
I don't usually need to point this out, but...

This is a personal journal. There is no theme. There is no community gathered to seriously discuss serious topics in a serious manner. I am not interested in turning this into a debate forum. Been there, done that, not as much fun as it sounds. This is my Internet front lawn, where I unfold a chair, kick my feet up, and chat about whatever comes to mind with whatever neighbors might wander over.

You are welcome to take a break on my stoop. You don't have to agree with me, but whichever side of the conversation you might be on, you do have to keep it civil. You also have to accept that in the end, we'll probably still disagree, and that's okay. If you can't let it end without 'winning', getting prickly or getting the last word, consider avoiding topics that you feel strongly about.

Hint: watch for phrases like, "Let's agree to disagree." That's a brake applied when the conversation is (or is bordering on) no longer casual/civil/enjoyable. I am not obliged to keep a conversation going because [insert reason here], but you are certainly welcome to invite others to continue the discussion in your own blog.

I am also not obligated to let you turn my lawn into your soapbox, and don't give me any, "I thought you also supported [insert cause here]!" You go play your Sarah McLachlan puppy snuff videos on your own lawn--I'm trying to enjoy my drink here.

Do not lecture me. Do not tell me what I really think. I will turn the metaphorical hose on your rude ass.

In short, this is my happy place, to spill my brain and sort through the contents. It's not your Internet forum to argue, pick fights and take a stand for the whales. If I've asked you to knock it off, dial it back, or take a hike, it's not because you disagreed with me--it's because you've forgotten this is my lawn, and got prickly and rude, or yelled at my guests, or flipped my table in rage, or tried to hijack my conversation for your cause, or lectured me, or got creepy and made me feel uncomfortable in my own space, or just plain were a buzzkill.

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