>The issue of the tone of posts is a different matter. I do not think it is
>an ad hominen attack to post information which contradicts a statement
>made here. It might be an ad hominen attack to say that the left is overly
>tolerant of stupid and uninformed viewpoints, although I would say that
>the left needs to deal with stupidity and ignorance in its ranks if it is
>ever to get anywhere. So in some cases, especially when someone is
>claiming that HIV does not cause AIDS, a more pointed response might
>indeed be appropriate.
I think the real issue is volume. I would urge either side in the debate to
limit themselves to one or two posts a day. The kind of tit-for-tat that is
going on right now is not that helpful. Furthermore, I am not sure whether
it is worth answering Mitchell Cohen or Jonathan Campbell because they are
bordering on trolldom.