You can be skeptical and friendly at the same time.
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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
LOL! And that’s the god’s own truth. (Yes, I know this is comment. Damnit.)
Can’t do what? Comment? Wouldn’t that be the ones who don’t comment? Is this supposed to be a blogger making the statement about his critics in the comments? Well then to him I retort, “Those who can’t do blog”.
It’s a parody of the phrase “Those who can’t, teach,” meaning those who can’t [do something], teach [about doing it].
No kidding. Neither trolls, commenters, non-commenters, or bloggers are “doing”. Never liked that phrase in the first place.
Y so serious?
Those who can’t do comic.
Hah, I’m one of those who CAN, and who also comment. To see my “can do” attitude, click my name. So there!
Thank you for this, Hemant. We’ve had quite a swarm of trolls lately.
Don’t feed trolls. If you consider someone a troll, and you let yourself get suckered into a long, bickering tit-for-tat, it becomes difficult to distinguish you from the troll. Eventually you’re doing the same infantile thing, distracting the discussion away from the topic, and focusing attention on you and the other troll. Let them have their stupid last word. Nobody is impressed by their “repartee” except themselves. Ignore narcissists and they eventually go away.
“We’ve had quite a swarm of trolls lately.”
I’ve noticed that. It’s almost like a concerted effort.
Probably some religion-themed forum’s version of pharyngulation.
I thought of that, too, but there seemed to be a number of legitimate inquiries from religious folks. Answering questions from believers — isn’t that the “friendly” part?
That being said, +1 on not feeding trolls.
I’ve enjoyed the influx of sincere dialogue with believers. We’ve had both Christian and atheist trolls. It’s their consistent antagonism just for its own sake, and their effect of degrading the civil atmosphere of the blog that qualifies them as trolls.
That’s not tr– Hold it….
Bah, come under my bridge and say that!
(No, wait, wrong type of troll)
All those who cannot comment, blog.
Maybe if you all found Jesus………too soon?
Not necessarily true, but it does seem to be the general trend.
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