Time and again, I vow not to get involved in childish namecalling fights on my blog. And while I've gotten better, I'm still sometimes sucked in.
I welcome arguments. I genuinely do. I think they're fun (although if you say something ridiculous, I do reserve the right to make fun of you a little). But when it becomes clear that the other person doesn't want to argue (or maybe is incapable) and is really just trying to make me feel bad, then what's the point?
For example, on the recent post I made about smoking, people wrote in with general arguments about why it's hard to quit, and I respect that. Some of them were angry but at least the arguments were focused. I could respond like an adult and I even learned a few things. Even when a couple of people overreacted to my tongue-in-cheek Women Rock post, they at least used real arguments. Whereas when I made my most recent Nannygate post, I encountered a person who apparently felt the only way to respond to my arguments was to condescendingly say I was going to get in trouble for writing about the topic! That's not productive and certainly doesn't prove your point. Essentially, you are saying you can't win the argument so you are going to personally attack me instead.
So I've created a page to link to whenever an argument degenerates to that point.
Hopefully I can avoid temptation with this...