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First Shot Callout
First nasty anno on a post gets reaction of [FS] standing for "first shot".
The idea is to respond [FS] to the first nasty statement
a HB idea post that was up till then light hearted,
When flame wars are in full force sometimes it gets lost
who started them, this is a way to call that out and
possibly avoid them.
So somebody might post:
"Happy Smile Shaped Donuts"
somebody responds "Sounds like the kind of crap a
particular politician I hate would eat, same for his fat
Rather than either ignoring the troll, which backfires
times because they take that as a victory, or fighting
which reduced this place to a nasty mess, you just call it
out for what it is, the first shot of a war that nobody
necessarily wants. You type [FS] and leave it.
This would also serve to protect people who are merely
responding to the other person's call for war because
defense is moral, offense is immoral. Often times the
defenders get blamed for flamewars they didn't start.
This would prevent that. Put it on the record who
started it. It would also call out flame warriors who act
like victims when they start losing flame wars THEY
Wonder if that might be a tool to make our beloved HB a
friendlier place. It might remind the person posting the
nasty anno that they're starting something they might
not even be cognizant of.
Hey, I wouldn't mind somebody tapping me on the
shoulder and reminding me that a statement is gonna
fire some people up. I'd hopefully just say "Oh yea,
oops." and take it down.
And note, this doesn't apply to annotations and bones
criticizing an idea, it's only for very nasty personal
insults, ad hominem attacks or obvious calls for a flame
ADDENDUM: Per scad's idea, good followup to [FS] would be
[NRF], "not returning fire".
||This is the kind of idea that Trump would post [-]
||Maybe it was a car backfiring.
||Between saccharine overload and a hell of spiteful sniping there is a happy medium of spirited, friendly debate. [+]
||Total agreement, debate is great, personal is
something bad that rhymes with personal.
||Great idea, though after reading through the title, subtitle
and first 3 paragraphs, I was starting to mentally prepare
my rebuttal. Up to that point, it sounded like you were
just trying to document who started the argument so you
can blame them (also paragraph 5). I think it would be
better to emphasize that the purpose is to avoid a flame
war (paragraph 4), and that this avoids something
unintentional becoming a flame war (paragraphs 6 and 7).
||Towards that end, could this idea be refined with a flag
change? [FS] "First Shot" implies that there will be or has
already been a second shot. A single shot followed by
silence or an apology (the ideal we're aiming for) is a single
shot, not a first shot. [FS] states that the other person
intentionally fired the shot. It also implies that the second
shot is righteous self defense, which invites arguments
about whether that was a real first shot or a car backfiring.
||How about [NRF] "Not Returning Fire", meaning that the
above comment was something that could (rightly or
wrongly) cause me to fire back, but I am refraining. Also
good because shooting back with a NeRF gun is a lot safer.
||So what you're saying is that you love Hitler?
||I suppose one MIGHT interpret my annotation that way.
||Lol! Its jokes like that that bring me back. Hey,
that rhymes. And I like the [NRF] a lot. Perfect
companion to this.
||//ad homonym attacks// I am SO keeping that. (Or something
that sounds just like it.)
||Correction made. Thank you.
||I didn't even know that Nyms could become gay...
||I wonder how nuanced would we try to get with the
[NRF] darts, I wonder? "I'm [NRF],
because I'm above this sort of behavior as
demonstrated by OTHER people, not to mention any