6th December 2009 - 05:03 PM
I am curious uaafanblog.
Are you objecting to MP's posts or his use of the feedback system?
If the former, I don't really see the problem. I have not seen all of MP's posts obviously, and I sometimes object to some of the language used (much as I object to the language you have not ceased using in this thread)... however I have yet to see him post something that I consider overly objectionable. Many of his posts have been very informative, which is largely the reason I am here... for information.
If the latter, it's a rather puerile point. The feedback system is only really a measure of how popular your views are. Depending on whom the reviewer is, it can be a measure of how rational your point of view is... often in an inverse correlation if you happen to irk the more fanatical set.
Assuming that the new posters are adults, I think most people should be able to handle the occasional negative comment. If not... they have a much harder lesson to learn if they ever actually reach for academia or even the workplace.
RE the sockpuppet claim.
It is a staple of every competitive area, whether in sports, academia or even social gatherings that people always feel that the arbiters are biased either against them or with someone else.
In competitive martial arts, it is a common, in fact regular, feature to have people complain about the judges. This is why I prefer full contact over point fighting when I compete. It's harder to claim injustice when someone is unconscious. It removes doubt and clarifies matters greatly.
It's too bad we can't do that here. There have been several instances where it would have been handy.