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Comment From an unnamed Oxford lecturer (Score 2) 402

"nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest use to you in after life â" save only this â" that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view is the main, if not the sole purpose of education"

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 3, Insightful) 477

StormReaver is right, this is nothing new. I ran into some remarkably foul examples on Usenet in the '80s.

Managing a forum is one of the most challenging jobs I have ever had. One tool that is more powerful than it appears is setting a good example. If the moderators are frequent posters they can set a tone for the place. Then the jerks will be the exceptions. A positive feedback loop begins when good people are willing to stay and they create a space where more good people want to hang out.

Leave the jerks in place and it's a down-spiral to Lord of the Flies.

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