I am sometimes guilty of not following this rule but for the most part provided I am not being attacked personally I do try to debate the debate and not the person.
But if I'm attacked on a personal level, all bets are off, even then it is wise not to react too severely as you end up lowering yourself to a level you may not be comfortable with.
Retracting or apologizing for something you have said is a lot harder then what some others do by simply deleting their posts. Those people are cowards... Even if they do love dogs...
And because you refrained from actually naming this well known poster, your comment is not a personal attack ?
Malibu Kitesurfing -
I'm the dog lover that Laughingman Pete is personally attacking behind my back here (somebody let me know).
Last week I deleted every post I made in the BS Claim thread, and for good reason.
I'm trying to help make a bad situation, and a lot of hurt feelings, slightly better.
Don't want to be part of creating any more bad feelings, so I've basically disappeared from several confrontational threads I've posted in.
I spoke extensively via PM in the last few weeks with SupaEZ, and I've made peace with him as best as I know how.
I don't expect that will change anything there though.
Pete is forever mad at me for not allowing his long standing negative campaign to go unanswered, and I am sorry I did not just leave him to say what he will.
Pete is entitled to his opinion about me (I think "Holier-than-Thou" was his last) but...
Whether or not I am a coward is best left for anybody who knows me (in real life) to say.
In real life, our Austin Pitbull rescue organization gives the aggression cases to me.
I think that shows I can be patient, compassionate and gentle in the face of unreasonable aggression,
but I admit I do better with dogs than I do with some people.
If a man does choose to call another man a coward...
It's best done face to face where it can be resolved very quickly and very conclusively.