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So porn came up again on Slashdot. This is always fun for me. The first rule of Slashdot is "Don't question porn." The second rule of Slashdot is "Dont' question porn". You get the idea. So when you do question porn, the Slashdot mods (who, let's be honest, have about a 90 - 95% chance of having GBs of porn on their computers) get angry. In my last round I got modded one +5 informative or insightful or whatever, and sure enough - the angry slashdot gods sweep in. Next thing you know I've got something like 1 offtopic a couple flamebaits and a couple trolls. I know what it takes to get a flamebait or a troll on Slashdot, and under normal circumstances (e.g. on any other topic) this would not cut it. But when you have broken rule #1 (and #2!!!) any excuse will do.

I'm not whining that I deserve higher mods. I could care less what I get modded. I just think the pattern is very clear and interesting. Violators of rule #1 (and #2!!!) will be punished. Luckily, the only punishment available is a few downmods. Boohoo.

Check for yourself at my comments attached to "Germans Pursuing Kiddie Porn in Second Life."

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  • But, based on your UID, I thought you might be interested in seeing this JE by Pudge talking about Mormonism [slashdot.org]. Personally I find Pudge to be quite extreme in many of his views which is why I read him, but YMMV overall.
    • Ugh. Hooray for anti-Mormonism. I'm not really interested in fueling that fire. Someone who says Christians aren't a cult of Judaism because the religion is true but Mormons are a cult (implied: the religion is not true) isn't really worth taking seriously.

      Thanks for passing it along though.
      • This is the line I'm commenting on by the way: I could make the case, for example, that Christianity is not a cult of Judaism because it is a mere fulfillment of Judaism.

        Although he really tries to take a reasonable tone and use "cult" in a non-perjorative sense (which I don't think is really possible) this argument for saying Christianity is not a cult is nothing but blatant exceptionalism and (ironically) seems to reveal that he can't get away from the perjorative connotations of the word himself. Why el
        • When i looked at it said that its only "No Foes" so you should be able to comment in there. I was trying to say the same thing to him in my comments, though their success, or lack thereof, speak for themselves;-) While I read his JEs I rarely comment in them for that very reason: he is totally blind to his own disiginuity. But, since I think its important to be exposed to opinions far outside the scope of your own and your friends, I think I'm still better for reading them.

          What's interesting, to me at

          • What's interesting, to me at least, is that of all the different religious people I've talked to, in general, the most tolerant of others religious views are LDS members. Maybe that's part of the reason why other religious types have a larger issue with them?

            I think its definitely related. The Mormons don't have a closed canon. This means that there's a lot of freedom of thought, and a tradition of religious speculation. This is what usually gets us into trouble. Anti-Mormon criticisms like "you guys bel
            • Like the idea that we can become like God in time.

              I remember when the Elders first explained that bit to me I was extremely skeptical. Then, after reading the Bible, I asked myself, why not? Its not like there are pages and pages in there describing Heaven and the afterlife in detail.

              The main difficulty I have with all religions, is that by definition, once you accept X as being True, then by definition, all beliefs that are not X must be false; at a very fundamental level. It may be my own mental ba

              • The main difficulty I have with all religions, is that by definition, once you accept X as being True, then by definition, all beliefs that are not X must be false; at a very fundamental level. It may be my own mental barrier, but that's been the main impediment to acceptaing a particular faith.

                That's actually one of the things that I love the most about Mormonism. It claims to be true in what it says, but it also claims not to be comprehensive.

                D&C 88:118 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently a
              • Well, I'm not sure how wise it is to piss off someone who works on the Slashdot code. I hope we don't end up with a bug that deletes user # (whatever my number is).

                I'm kind of shocked, however, at how little this guy knows what he's talking about. It's one of those times where I realize half-way into the debate that I'm arguing with the intellectual equivalent of a little kid. I don't mean to insult his intelligence, but he just clearly doesn't really know what the word "scholar" means. He got all defen
                • I doubt you pissed him off, since its simply a problem of you being unable to understand what he wrote;-)

                  I must say your first response was one of the best comments I have ever seen on slashdot. It was clear, extremely neutral in tone, and well supported. But, not everyone wants to hear, right? I've tried a couple times to get him to look at his own view point, but they were all unsuccessful, so I've more or less given up. I read him because I recognize bits of myself in him. Some of the arrogance an

                  • I doubt you pissed him off, since its simply a problem of you being unable to understand what he wrote;-)

                    And yet... he seems rather annoyed! :-D He actually threatened to Foe me so that I wouldn't be able to respond any more. I responded again. Several times, in fact, so I fully expect to get Foe'd.

                    I must say your first response was one of the best comments I have ever seen on slashdot.

                    Well thanks for saying that. I guess I've had enough experience with anti-Mormon sentiment that my response has become
                  • I doubt you pissed him off, since its simply a problem of you being unable to understand what he wrote;-)

                    Well I got foe'd, so I guess I did.

                    What a coward.
  • Which is why I come here less and less. I know that porn addicts have a vested interest in persuading themselves that it's harmless but it makes me ill to see so many porn-addled men piling on to drown out (or moderate out) voices that try to talk about research that clearly shows it's NOT harmless, to the object or the objectifier.

    Some more research links:
    http://bitingbeaver.blogspot.com/2005/11/for-numbe r-hounds.html [blogspot.com]

    A question the pro-porn masses should ask themselves: "What's your number?" (What nu

    • Which is why I come here less and less.

      Aw, come on! There are tons of non-porn related stories! Here, I think this will help. I love a lot about nerd/geek culture, but the porn thing is a major issue for me. This is the way I think about it so that I don't get overly bitter.

      People like dogs, right? I mean - not everyone - but there are dog people. And the dog is considered part of the family. It's loved, it's accepted, right? But then the dog goes and humps a pillow. And even dog people usually thi
    • I notice you've commented on a couple of my journals. Have you ever checked out my blog: kiriath-arba.blogspot.com? Just curious. I'm starting to get like 100+ hits a day, and I wonder who's visiting. If you have - what did you think of it?

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