Anthony G. Atkielski writes...
There are no objective standards for obnoxious, abusive, or
I think that this is not so hard to distinguish as you suggest. There
are two general cases: (a) overly insistent and (b) overly personal.
The overly insistent poster will almost always attempt to have the last
word in any thread, repeats positions frequently on the premise that if
you say something often enough it become true, and inserts "pet peeve"
issues into otherwise unrelated threads. The overly personal poster
makes comments about other posters, for example making assertions about
their lack of clear thinking, their failure to understand the issue,
their unspoken motivations, their stubbornness, and so forth.
While there are no standards, I think that case (a) can be usually be
recognized by sheer volume of postings and case (b) is easily detected
because the subject of argument ceases to be about the technical details
of the protocol, and becomes about the other correspondents.
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