Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Jun 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm Don Frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Great, another smart alec remark.
Anyway, this is certainly newsworthy, though I'm sure you'll agree that long food lines and a woman yelling in the barbecue brisket booth is not so important as six people being stabbed. The two stories are not comparable and to pretend they are would be to belittle the violence at the Old School Fiesta event.
Some people may think violence is "sensational" -- if they do I can't help that. But it's still and always news.
So, no conspiracy here. We just hadn't heard about it, if you can believe that.
Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Jun 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm Don Frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Stanley and Mary,
It's simple: I believe that people should be civil and respectful when communicating with strangers -- even with the editor -- on Town Square. That means leave alone the sniping and the sarcasm.
I'm not going to remove every little snipe (if I did I wouldn't have time for anything else). But I also don't have to smile and say thanks every time it's directed at me.
I think people are emboldened by their anonymity here, and feel it's ok to blow off a little steam in this way. I disagree. And if I see smart alec remarks (also known, more pointedly, as smart-assed remarks) along the lines of "oh i didn't realize you attended the Old School Fiesta," maybe you'll hear from me about it.
Occasionally, when these comment threads get too personal, I set them to "registered-only," which requires commenters to register before leaving remarks. It straightens up the discourse every time, and there's no mystery why: a little accountability goes a long way.
Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:27 am Don Frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
You're exactly right about the different posters being the same person. People don't realize that I can see posters' IP addresses. Except for Carolyn and eric, every comment on here is coming from two computers.
mary = stanley = gil, and
rob = alex
I suspect that all five aliases are the same person (on two computers), since he or she has the exact same message, writes the same way and is similarly unable to spell my name.