We are reinventing the Moot. “Reinventing” means I am not sure WHAT we are doing. So when I make a judgment call, PLEASE don’t take offense or apologize to me.
That is why I need you to USE General Comments. I said that I like discussion between you, but on the other hand I get uncomfortable when the discussion goes off on one of the very sidetracks I am trying to get you to avoid.
If your comment is not addressed to my point, please take it to General Comments.
In fact, when someone mentions a book or an author, and somebody addresses that book and author, it is time for you to say, “Out of COURTESY to Bob, let’s take this to General Comments.”
The Moot has the basic problem of human, individual thinking. What I say is SUPPOSED to make you think in all kinds of directions. On the other hand what I address can be INTERRELATED. And, like the Mantra, it is a matter of DISCIPLINE. Discussing Fitzschuler’s latest book may be on your mind, but calling it a specific “Comment” is not the place for it.
It is a matter of simple courtesy for you to continue your talks in General Comments the moment they are no longer comments on the specific point made.
This is not an easy call. Which is why it is good exercise.