In either case, it might be an idea to examine what precisely is constituted within mutal respect.
Apart from this board, I would suggest that mutual respect does not exist as an actual rule in any society. Rather (where it survives), it is as a societal more: an unwritten rule of interaction. Thus, its definition will tend to vary from society to society.
Within the Internet discussion society, I would suggest, to start, that expressing mutual respect among members might include:
1. A willingness to consider that a different pov might hold some validity.
2. A certain core courtesy -- which does not, however, negate challenge of ideas.
3. Entailed in the above two points would be the idea that a one or two line tangential rejoinder to a detailed, thought-out post reflects lack of respect for the poster.
I was wrong at the very least in #3. The entire post was a gut reaction to the posts of 03-17 to 03-18 in Sex and Violence.
The new questions which continue p.2 of this thread are:
1. Is it possible to build a community on the core premise of mutual respect?
2. Can we define what is -- or is not -- meant by mutual respect?