So I've been mystified forever because people think I don't listen to alternative viewpoints and so on. Today, several people have informed me that there is a social protocol for acknowledging that you are considering a point. (Like, someone told me this, I checked, other people confirmed.) What. The. Fuck. I sort of assumed that the idea of any kind of discussion was that you should always consider everything and that you should explicitly mark if you're unwilling to. Because why on earth would I have things in front of me that might be good reasons to change my mind, and not actually check them out fairly carefully? Like, why would I even do that? And one of the things I've noticed is that I tend to get along way better with people in 1-1 conversations... Which is to say, in conversations where the conversation's structure necessarily implies explicit acknowledgement of the other party's messages. So I want to make a thing clear: If I haven't put you on ignore, or specifically stated that I have disinterest in what you're saying, and you're in a thread with me, I am reading what you write. I am thinking about it. Even if I don't always say so. I'll try to be better about saying so.