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Goodbye For Now
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 12, '07 04:44:24AM

Kirk, a few things:

1)Bottom line is- you're right. Of course you are. Anyone who promotes energy savings is always right. That's because it's the right thing to do. I was just thinking about this the other day, when I returned from a week-0long holiday to find I forgot to unplug my routers. My first reaction was "shit, I wasted clock-hours on my Airport Express", knowing they have a limited life. Second, I thought of the energy wasted. But only second. You opened up a can of worms best left closed, and forgot that fundamental dilemma of individual vs community. In your model, taken to the extreme (which is what you did), we find the essence of commun-ism (sic). In a perfect world, we would realize that the individual always benefits by acting on the good of the whole. There, your post would be a no-brainer, and would be built into the general mentality, as would any other act of efficiency. But we live in a capitalist/consumerist world, and we must look out for our own good before that of the community, simply because there are others doing the same. Simply stated- we are not ants. Ants don't need to be convinced to work for the colony; rather, they just do it. We need convincing, and so you must employ a degree of rhetoric that considers the various individuals' unique situations. Yours simply did not, and you got the appropriate (though inappropriate) replies.

2) I think you need to reconsider your approach to web-based "discussions", particularly when you're acting-moderator for such a well known board as OSXHints. I think the main problem is that your back-and-forth with the flamers appeared unprofessional, and sometimes just the act of responding evokes emotion and does nothing more than add fuel to the "flame". As moderator, you must shape the environment, especially when you're actively participating in a discussion.

3) This is just for my personal convenience: Try to keep the discussion on one board, so I don't have to sign up for the 1000th blog/bulletin board out there. Maybe your goal was to move the heated argument off OSXHints, but here we are, still.

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