virus: META: a rule for the list

Reed Konsler (
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 11:43:36 -0400 (EDT)

>David McF wrote:
>>I think this list would be a lot more enjoyable (worthwhile,
>>productive, fun, whatever) if everyone's messages were held
>>to the same standard that they impose upon others. It is not
>>fair to criticize another for being inconsistent, then say
>>that consistency doesn't matter when the criticism comes back.
>>It is not fair to accuse another of basing an argument on
>>a falsehood, then say that truth doesn't matter if accused
>>of the same. Notice I am explicitly not saying what the
>>standards should be, I'm only saying that there should at
>>least be some fairness in this game. Any objections?

Unenforceable. Plus, you are begging the argument. We
are discussing the question: "What is truth and consistency,
and why do we need it, if at all?" To create some arbitrary
consistency-goalie makes the whole conversation moot.

It makes me suspect that you are "going somewhere" with
this thread and that the discussion itself is just a means to
that end. Where are we going, David?


Reed Konsler