Very nice line of questioning; I hope you get lots of responses.
How big of a factor is the perception of a posets tone, and the words the poster chooses to express his/her point of view, and the configuration and spelling of such words?
The perception of someone's tone is a very large factor in the types of responses received. Words are so clumsy; over 90% of what we communicate, as human beings, is done so non-verbally (which include our tone of voice, pace, inflection, body language, gestures and the like). Yet here, in this happy home of ours, typing is all we have
. We stumble through using imperfect words that are often received in a tone completely contrary to how we meant them; it's a tough, hard road to hoe.
In what ways dose an angery of badger like response effect the posters reply and future posts?
I'm sure it has a huge effect. Depending on the tone I perceive, most "distasteful-tone messages" I just ignore (unless, as a moderator I feel like I need to step in). Angry and badgering posts quickly thrust any decent exchange into "trash-talk"; and that doesn't do anyone any good. I, personally, try to be patient knowing
that these are just the words that I might be interpreting poorly (or may have been phrased poorly). I'm not sure how successful I've been; how would someone know except through subsequent feedback? Sometimes; however, I do try to restate someone's point back to them, before
I question it, to at least try and understand before refuting or exploring.
Would such a effect be "good" or "bad" for the thread, poster, forum, and other readers in the short or long term, and what would be considerd to be "goog" or "bad" for the thread, poster, forum, and other readers in the short and long term?
I don't know, really. I guess that would depend on what "end effect" we most want. Primarily, I'd suppose that to be productive exchange of ideas
. I could come up with other judgments of what constitutes a "good post", but most of this would be grossly subjective.
Dose a persons intentions that has led them to make a post also a large factor in the kind of response one would get?
Probably; either directly or indirectly. For Example: If you intended this
post to communicate a subtle message impugning someone's judgment of a post of yours, yet I
came back and tried to give you my thoughts on each point (instead of taking your subtle hint), your intent would be lost on me. Bad example, I know... in any case, we can only interpret someone's intent to the extent that they enunciated it.
Towards any end, good questions for discussion. Thanks