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Sun, 1 Jul 2007 01:08:43 -0500
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George Salzman wrote:

> unacceptable. The question is, How should it be dealt with? I know from
> previous correspondence with Claudia Hemphill that the kind of "tough,
> male slugfest" that Michael [Balter] and Chuck[Munson] seem to relish is
> very distasteful to her and to some other women, who find it
> intimidating. Claudia, if I recall, termed it a pissing contest.

These e-mails are new to me, so I'm responding to the personal atatck
directed at me in these messages.

I do NOT engage in "tough male slugfests." I have a reputation for
shooting from the hip, but I'm simply being honest and open about my
opinions. I try to be more indirect and positive these days, but none of
my posts have anything to do with me being a male. The idea that I'm
macho is absurd. Ask Alex. He knows me personally.

I also do not relish "pissing matches" or flame wars. This goes against
everything that I am as a person. To the contrary, I feel really bad
after I get into heated exchanges (which are usually escalated into
personal attacks by the other person). It goes against my personality to
"relish" any kind of verbal argument. But we are adults and a discussion
list is going to have its share of disagreements, including those caused
by miscommunication and clashes of writing style.

Since I'm responding to the meta-thread about moveration, let me
re-iterate my stance that Michael Balter should be re-instated to the
list. The only problem that I can see with his posts is that he was
overposting, probably in an angry reaction to other posts. In cases like
this, people should be warned and put on moderation. If it gets worse,
just suspend a person for a week.

I don't understand why Michael was booted and not Jonathan.