One more time -
I know that the sysop areas are available for anyone to read
at various places simply by error and and I have made the same
I don't even mind that, there's a point perhaps where we should
be welcoming extra-participation and fresh blood.
However, what was written by a particular troll in the FIDONEWS-echo
about the death of sysop Roger Nelson, a man whom I would call the
"Gentleman Sysop", got me totally upset.
It's time to deal with the trolls ...
Those are your own words. Found in one of your not-so-secret
"sysops only" echoes.
There is no "perhaps" concerning unlimited free speech. That
doesn't cut it. Not by a long shot.
You know, as well as everyone else in Fidonet, that I have not
impugned or maligned Roger's memory in any of my public messages.
Nor have I impugned or maligned his memory or character in any
Death is a fact of life. People from other cultures have
different viewpoints concerning death than your own. Does
death upset you? Do you find such thoughts disturbing?
"Freedom of speech is not without limits." ~Ward Dossche
Who the hell are you to decide? Who the hell is anybody
else to decide? If you love dictatorships, move to North
Korea. There is a short fat man with a funny haircut who
loves to tell others what to do, and how to do it.
"It's time to deal with the trolls ..." ~Ward Dossche
Resorting to name-calling is an intellectually dishonest
debate tactic. It is used it in order to try to diminish
the argument of an opponent by calling the opponent a
name/names that is subjective and unattractive. That is
what you are doing by calling those who do not agree with
your POV "trolls".
President Donald Trump resorts to name-calling all the time.
Is he your hero? Do you think he has won any arguments by
calling people names? His latest job approval rating is 38%.
IOW, you have lost the argument. Preaching to the same
choir which has also lost the argument.
Name calling is intellectually dishonest when the name
in question (trolls) is ill defined or is so subjective
that it tells the listener (Fidonet audience) more about
the speaker (Ward Dossche) than the person (trolls) being
You claim all sysops should welcome new participants,
including non-sysops. And yet you have never done so
yourself. Why is that?
You want to "deal with the trolls"? I'll tell you exactly
how to do so. Invite everyone to fully participate in all
that Fidonet has to offer. Unlimited free speech.
You and your fellow sysops can start by inviting all to
join in with full read/write access in every "sysops-only"
echo there is and ever will be.
Trolls just want to have fun. So should we all.
Our Nuts, Your Mouth
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