Chris Knight wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM, Jerry McAllister <> wrote:
>> To make fun of someone's ignorance is not humorous.
>> It is offensive and small.
> We are going to have to agree to disagree.  

I read in a posting recently by a very, very prominent and respected
member of the Internet community that agreeing to disagree is very

In other words, you are accepting the fact that someone is wrong without
finding a solution.

Jerry made a very valid point. Jerry has made countless hundreds of
posts to this list, many of which are directed at helping the newcomer
settle in. _Any_ poking fun at someone whatsoever is unacceptable, and
that is non-disputable.

> It is my opinion that to
> make fun of someone's _stupidity_ is offensive.  Stupidity, like the
> lack of a sense of humor, is a disability that can not be cured.
> Ignorance, which is easily cured, is something that we all suffer from
> time to time and is therefore a more universal point of humor.

It is not a point of humour to those who do not know any better. A
softer, more gentle approach would be appropriate here.

Even if *you* think it is humorous, have you ever known anyone, or had
any children with any sort of anxiety issues? I'm sure you haven't, or
you wouldn't be arguing with Mr. McAllister, and you surely wouldn't be
defending your post.

Perhaps by "have to agree to disagree" means that you will rephrase a
response to the OP directly that explains the 'hows' and 'whys' of the
non-feasibility of the request...


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