He was slumped in the back of the booth, staring off into space. Scotty slid into one side and nodded as the waiter held up a coffee pot. “This is odd, for you. No comms open? Not in 20 different conversations and setting times for one interview or another?”
His eyes slowly focused on Scotty and he shook his head. “There are times when ya needs ta take a break. I been in the forums discussing the changes to ships that are upcomin and then I went and read something that was linked over to me. An article on how bad CSM8 was and what CSM9 needs to do to step up to the plate.”
“Bad, were you? How could they tell?”
“Easy, low voter turnout is obviously due to how bad we were as a group. Failure to be warlike and antagonistic. We didn’t latch onto the throats of the devs and growl. We were reasonable.” Mike sighed. “I have been fighting this battle all the way through the election and am continuing it on the forums. You do not progress if all you do is yell. The other side just stops listening to you. The proof of the success is already coming out. In the next two weeks we have almost a dozen team meetings set up. This is FAR in excess of previous startups of the council.”
Scotty shrugged. “So call the guy an idiot and move on.”
Mike started to laugh and the laughter grew until there were tears forming. “I used that term recently and decided top make sure it meant what I thought it meant. Do you know what ‘idiot’ once referred to?”
“No, but I get the feeling it is good.” Scotty smiled. “Enlighten me.”
An idiot in Athenian democracy was someone who was characterized by self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private—as opposed to public—affairs. Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite, citizenship, was effected through formalized education. In Athenian democracy, idiots were born and citizens were made through education (although citizenship was also largely hereditary). “Idiot” originally referred to “layman, person lacking professional skill”, “person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning”. Declining to take part in public life, such as democratic government of the polis (city state), was considered dishonorable. “Idiots” were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters. Over time, the term “idiot” shifted away from its original connotation of selfishness and came to refer to individuals with overall bad judgment–individuals who are “stupid” – Wikipedia
“I keep that in the back of my mind before I use that term.” Mike chuckled. “And especially when I DO use that term.”
“Why is it I think when you insult a person there are layers of meaning that the victim probably won’t get?” Scotty grinned.
“You know me too well. But I should go back and check to see how many good points and how many bad have been made. Been watching the freighter one. You get to know some of the folks and when you run stats on the discussion you realize why.”
“What do you mean?”
Mike chuckles. “Well on that thread there have been a bit over 1400 posts. 250 of them by just two pilots. Or to put another angle on it . . . care to guess the top two Alliances that have been in on the discussion?”
“Well Goons is easy guess. Dunno about the second.”
“PL, but Goons have almost tripled PL contributions. I am not Grr Goons on this. Matter of fact their involvement precludes me from calling them idiots. I’ll have ta come up wit other names.”
“I have faith in you.” Scotty grinned.
Don’t even try to keep some people happy, it is a fools errand. But I will continue to be a reasonable man (most times) and talk rationally to CCP.
Source of the critique I was discussing? Here
Oh stats for forum thread? I asked Chribba and he showed me where on Eve Search that particular button is and always has been. (top line of forum thread) The stats I was looking at are Here
Comment of the past week or two and ones for the coming week are in a draw for a ship.
fly it like you won it.