Town Square

Post a New Topic

locked topic--middle east

Original post made by boaz on Apr 2, 2008

the editors have chosen to quickly lock a new thread started today regarding the middle east. The discussion has been civil and none of the posts have been edited by the weekly staff. Why has this thread been locked???

Comments (9)

Posted by that was an example of civil?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:16 pm

"jagland" ?


Posted by happens a lot, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:27 pm

all the stuff posted, and you think JAGLAND was the uncivil remark?

I suspect someone went ballistic, so it was deleted before we saw it, and they shut it down.

Happens often on this topic. Reason and fact drive emotion crazy.


Posted by happens a lot, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:33 pm

on the other hand, just read the thread....and I really am wondering why it was shut down...other than same old, same old.

PA ONLINE, was it because it was the last post started going down the same old cut and paste routine? Demanding a retaliation of more cut and paste back? Have to admit, the same ol same ol sure gets ol!


Posted by that was an example of civil?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:23 pm

"all the stuff posted, and you think JAGLAND was the uncivil remark?"

yes, there are more in there, but that was right out of the blocks before the conversation even started.


Posted by Boaz, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Apr 3, 2008 at 6:28 am

If you think using the term "jagland" was not civil, then why not just edit it out and keep the thread going?
If you are familiar with the original posters writings, you would have understood where the term came from and why it was used


Posted by that was an example of civil?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2008 at 7:29 am

"If you are familiar with the original posters writings, ..."

I am familar with his posts. I did say it was undeserved.

"why not just edit it out and keep the thread going"

My guess, the tenor of the rest of the thread is decaying in the direction of all Jag started mid-east threads. And "happens a lot" is right, there may have been a post that was completely deleted the we dont see anymore.

Now, why participate in a jag thread? It only encourages him to post again and I have never seen him participate beyond his starting port or in any other thread anyone else starts. It seems like he just stirs the pot frequently with a comment that he borrows from somewhere else off the net and walks away. It's not like his threads inspire original thinking, the threads seem to rediscuss the same old topic over and over and the civility seems to always get worse and worse as the thread grows with this emotionally charged topic.

If I was a PAonline moderator, I'd just delete the topic after his initial posts, given the history of where they lead, but they are more patient with him than I would be.

Anyway you asked, so I shared my perspective.


Posted by Dr. Ferragamo, a resident of Stanford
on Apr 3, 2008 at 9:25 am


Boaz, perspective, Wallis, and others in the Israel-First crowd should make an effort to contribute to our discussions instead of just flinging mud.


Posted by Boaz, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Apr 3, 2008 at 9:44 am

Dr. F-- flinging mud??


Posted by joel, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2008 at 10:55 am



The 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be commemorated Friday at Stanford University with an event at noon including music and tributes.



King was shot to death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., while preparing for a march on behalf of striking sanitation workers.

The anniversary is a time "for all of us who were inspired by him to rededicate ourselves to his vision of global peace with social justice," Clayborne Carson, the director of the King Research and Education Institute said


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Scottís Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 11 comments | 3,369 views

Who Says Kids Donít Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 9 comments | 1,729 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 11 comments | 1,572 views

How Bad Policy Happens
By Douglas Moran | 19 comments | 1,062 views

The life of Zarf
By Sally Torbey | 6 comments | 619 views