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I suppose it is human nature that many of us (if not most of us) feel that we are more sinned against than sinning -- this is true not only on Ciao, but life in general. From biblical injunctions calling upon us to 'judge not, lest ye be judged' and to look to the logs in our own eyes before dealing with the splinters in others, we can clearly see that the tendency toward sinning (and the complementary tendency toward judging sinners) is long-standing in the history of human activity.I must confess that I am rather surprised that this category was permitted on the site by Ciao - a more ready box of kindling for firestorms I don't think I've ever seen. Even so, it doesn't seem to have happened yet that the writings in the category (only seven others in number at the moment as I write this) have caused a great deal of consternation. Perhaps that is because the writings have often concentrated on the non-controversial sins? Almost all of us can agree, at least in broad principle, on some sins -- plagiarism is wrong, revenge rating is wrong, multiple accounts for the purposes of anonymous abuse is wrong, etc.
I've been the victim of some sins -- one person, with multiple, self-congratulatory accounts plagiarised one of my film reviews, slapped a Not-Helpful rating on my review (one wonders why he did this, given that that was a certain way to make sure I'd notice what was going on), and then began to revenge-rate people who noticed the situation and rated accordingly. Almost all the major Ciao sins rolled up into one, neat package!Given my theological interests, I'm always interested in terms of sin of looking beyond the simple actions and proscriptions, and looking at the more subtle aspects. As I was thinking about this topic, there were various sins beyond the Top 5 or Top 10 that often get mentioned that I thought might be worthy of discussion. Some, if not all, of them are not absolute sins -- they can be methods or modes of Ciao-acting that have some justification (as, indeed, many do them). So, I do not offer up condemnations, anathemas or excommunications, but rather some openings for possible discussion.
Possible Ciao Sin 1
I can hear you now. 'That's one of our regular Ciao sins!' But I suggest a difference. We all know that many people rate reviews by people not only in accordance with the review, but also within the context of the person. There is no absolute objectivity possible, but even so, we still adapt our ratings and opinions in certain ways. Some are subtle about it, others are blatant about it. But, this is not what I'm talking about. I refer here to the corollary of this sin, which can be described thusly:Deciding not to read, rate or comment on certain reviews because they are written by certain people.
This is, in its own way, every bit as much a 'rating the person, not the review' -- there are people on Ciao who will not read my reviews or rate them because they are written by me; they won't read my film reviews, my Scotch or wine reviews, my travel reviews, my music reviews or my non-religious-themed book reviews because they see me as the religious book reviewer, nothing more.
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