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[personal profile] miss_s_b
There's an election on.
I tweet about politics.
I have over 3000 followers, and several of them RT me on occasion.

This all means that I quite regularly attract... People who wish to engage in debate. Some of them in a less than friendly manner.

Now, sometimes, these people are just asking a question. And sometimes, when I answer their question they say "oo, I didn't know that! Thanks!" and we both carry on our merry way after a positive interaction.

Sometimes they are just outright hostile or insulting, and those people I mute straight away.

Sometimes though... Sometimes they are asking a question in the hopes of trapping me, or pissing me off, or just wasting my time. So I answer their initial question, and then they say "yeah but..." and bring up something unrelated, but still opposing, or they build a straw man (or a battalion of straw men), or employ any number of other tactics designed to irritate me.

Life is too damn short for people like that.

Therefore, from today, I have instituted a Three Strikes and You're Out policy for twitter. If you ask me a question, and you respond with "yeah but...", I'll answer. If you respond to the second answer with "yeah but..." then I will know that you are not debating in good faith, you're trying to irritate me and/or waste my time, and I will simply mute you.

Like I said, life is too short. I confidently expect lots of "yeah but..." replies to this post, btw...

Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theandrewhickey
Makes perfect sense. I often end up getting drawn into endless cycles with these people and then swearing at them and blocking/muting.

Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
I see that you're a Brit and a Lib. Dem.

Things seem to have gone to hell and beyond with Teresa May in the PM's seat. I don't understand that woman at all. Sometimes I read the UK news and am appalled by the lack of compassion for refugees, the hostility towards Muslims, and the insanity of the Brexit decision. It feels like the UK is veering out of control.

Hopefully it won't go too far out of control before my vacation there this September! What part of the UK are you in? If that's too personal, I apologize.

Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 02:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
It feels like the UK is veering out of control.

Yup, that's how it feels to most of us as well: some of it's down to print media dominated by horrible tax dodging rich old guys, some of it down to the same system that gave you Harper for far too long :-(

What part of the UK are you in?

Nah, we're in Yorkshire, if you haven't noticed her mention it there might be something more wrong with her than usual (she's from Yorkshire, I merely moved here: I am very welcomed by most because "I obviously saw sense")

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017 09:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
Yorkshire! That's my favourite part of England! My mum is from Hull, so I went to Yorkshire to visit relatives when I was a kid, and I've been back as an adult as well. Saw all the typical Yorkshire things: Castle Howard, York Minster, the Dales, the Moors, Fountains Abbey. I'd live there in a heartbeat.

The world seems far too full of horrible tax dodging rich old guys. Canada without Harper is a much better place, although Trudeau is far from perfect.

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
LOL Mum's the word!

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
princessofburundi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
There are poly households in Yorkshire? I associate Yorkshire with stately buildings and James Herriot, never with any sort of kink going on in any Yorkshire household!

I'm not familiar with Mark Sutcliffe, but as I haven't listened to the radio in 20 years, that's not surprising!

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)
princessofburundi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
You see, my mum is from Yorkshire and she's the most prudish and staid person I've ever met. To this day I cannot believe that I am the result of my mother having sex - I think she probably knit me. In my head, Yorkshire is a prudish place, not one with not just one but TWO poly households!

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
I think I need to move to Yorkshire! I'd love to get what I want.

I don't want minions unless they're the cute sort from Despicable Me, or the sort that will bring me breakfast in bed. I'm too tired and depressed for sex.

Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 08:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ms_katonic
That is an excellent policy indeed. Life is too short for trolls!

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