Brian, Nick, Chris - Thanks for explaining social skills to Speedchic. I've been traveling and away from the board. Looks like I missed quite a bit of the same old thing.Originally posted by speedchic
Are you trying to say it makes one more knowledgeable about the facts if they know how to spell and use correct punctuation. I would say NOT!!
Speedchic - Any message is made up of both content and presentation. The perceived validity of that message is a function of both. If a well-dressed stranger shows up at your front door with roses and professes to be attracted to you, will you treat him differently than your stalker who jumps out from behind the bushes and clubs you over the head? Of course you will.
However: In their minds, they are both presenting you with the same message. I would guess, though, that your perception of that message is likely to be somewhat different between the two.
Same case here. ModMachine is a newbie here, but he is presenting his case in a rational, well-presented, and methodical manner. I'm sure that he's a bad choice from your perspective because he's on the "wrong" side, but I think you get the point.
Now, as far as what "makes one more knowledgeable about the facts":
1) Present the facts.
2) Back them up with specifics.
I've been through some sanctioning body wars. Right now the parent APBA is doing itself a lot of long-term damage. Way, way to much indication of skullduggery and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, and very, very bad timing. Even if they "win", what will they have? The rule book and sanctioning body initials do not make a series. Racers and race teams make up a series, and I think I hear what they are saying in this case.
I said it in another thread: APBA is on a path to follow the SCCA into oblivion here.