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Thread #65758   Message #1088378
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
07-Jan-04 - 07:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: On the cowardly nature of GUEST postings
Subject: RE: BS: On the cowardly nature of GUEST postings
Nothing wrong with being argumentative. Being insulting or getting angry and so forth are one thing, but arguing out a difference with friends is as natural as breathing. Some people seem to assume that arguments have to turn into quarrels, and should therefore be avoided but that's needlessly pessimistic.

True enough, Ellie, Bill did refer, in a non-hostile way, to Martin Gibson as a "non-member" - but then he had specifically said that he was a non-member, rather than a member coming in as a GUEST. Using the term was merely an indication that he accepted that as being the truth, and was therefore a friendly thing to say.

But quite right, it's not about members and non-members - I suspect that a lot of the more troublesome GUESTS are in fact members.