>By your ruling, at what point in history are doings in Ireland no longer
>fit for discussion under the heading "celtic-l"? Is anything prior to
>1900 OK? Or should we stick only to stuff pre-1500 maybe? How 'bout 600
>as the cut-off date?? ... We really should formalize this if it's gonna
>be a rule, eh?
It wasn't my ruling, but here's my opinion: I'd prefer avoiding hostile
discussions, so issues which quickly offend -- or scare -- other people
I'd prefer not to see here. I'd include comments and flames about people's
or ancestors' sexual preference. (on this particular case let me only say
that I consider the invention of the bed room (or barn) door a major
advancement in civilization. It enabled one to do whatever one wanted
with whomever (consenting "adults" is understood here, by me at least)
without the rest of us having to care. I don't care who you sleep with
and it's no one else's business whom I sleep with. I am equally bored
with gay people's sex lives, straights, and my own as a topic for
Irish political discussions quickly esculate to the point where some
folks start worrying about being bombed for expressing the wrong opinion.
I know of a number of folk in the UK who won't join IRL-Discussion
for fear of their addresses being traced. I would like this to be
a friendly forum. I guess that means my boundaries are flexible and
vary with the members' ability to control themselves. If we can discuss
Irish politics politely and with an open mind, fine. However I'v already got
my fill of IRA republican types posting lists of potential bomb sites.
Even having to read this drek freaks me out. On the other hand,
I prefer to be spared the "Bloody Sunday: die a painful death Irish
scumbag" type of stuff the other side posts as well. Let's avoid
anything that could get us audited by the FBI. Then we also won't have
to have discussions about whether we are being audited by the FBI.
Which is nice, since I'm sick of that discussion too.
Fairies and harp music -- it heals me after Irish politics. I need
more fairies and harp music and Irish lessons. Anything BUT things the
FBI would be interested in or that makes me wish I had a bomb proof house.