Paola and all,
I think that someone who "deliberately and gratuitously insults other forum members" or "openly insult others'" violates not only the code of ethics but also the principles for professional conduct. Unfortunately,
the level of education and the rank in academic institutions does not imply social or ethical maturity. I am quite sure that I am myself guilty of having insulted someone with my statements (maybe currently even am in the process of doing so), but the "deliberately
and gratuitously" is what raises my concern.
It is OK to openly discuss ideas, and there should be no limiting factor. If an idea is stupid or not of interest it will simply dry out over time. It is also OK to say - or better prove - that someone is wrong. No-one
is served by something that is wrong. The open discussion has been the core of academic progress, and academic disputes are healthy for the discipline.
However, it is not OK to attack others in an unprofessional way and to personally attack someone.
My two pence ... my question: do we need to take action here?
Andreas Tolk, Ph.D.
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Old Dominion University
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