The Relevancy of Relevancy
Yes, it's stunning, isn't it?
I saw a post yesterday that seemed to be directed to those who comment about relevancy of postings.
In fact, it was an attack on the idea that relevancy matters.
I admit to being one of these mentally deranged people that think relevancy to a topic matters.
Oh no! where have I gone wrong??????
Now, the individual who posted these remarks is quite popular and is an Ambassador here at WA who is of the motivational type.
As many of you know, I classify WA ambassadors as either a) success-oriented who teach how to dig in and make money online, usually with the WA niche; or, b) motivation-oriented and focus on building their ranking through popularity and cheering people on.
What's amazing is that this individual claims she is a teacher, or was one.
Does anyone wonder what kind of teacher wouldn't think it important to keep lessons relevant to the topic as hand?
Gosh, I must be one of the meanest teachers on the planet.
Funny how students keep coming back to me anyway, they must be masochists. I better inform them ASAP about how I have been leading them astray!
Apparently, this individual thinks that I don't have the permission to decide what is relevant to the topic or not in posts on WA that I make. Or even others make.
I must have forgotten to check in with them all this time. Shucks.
So, telling people they are off base and asking people to stay on topic and ask them to dig deeper, is degrading to that person?
Awww, I'm sorry.
Next time I'm teaching English to some German students, I'll let them just chitter away in German, because it might offend them to remind them that the topic is English.
Can't degrade 'em by reminding them that coming into the classroom, they've committed to understanding what I'm teaching!
Boy, have I been doing things wrong according to this enlightened WA magistrate.
Funny enough, we've also been told by this person that insinuating a post is irrelevant is hypocritical.
Whew, I'm off the hook on that one! I just tell them point-blank, bypassing the insinuation phase.
'Hey, your post is not relevant to the topic, it looks like you've missed the point!'
How savage of me!
Oh, the flood of tears to be told such a thing is a mighty Niagara, apparently. In fact, we're told that some people ran to this WA prophet and whined about this inhumane treatment.
I'll also add that this person considers WA to be a safe space, meaning that it's hurtful to disagree, I suppose, with any post. Especially theirs or their friends.
The exception, of course, are the posts of this high and mighty individual, who apparently thinks that teaching and posting and discussing and learning should not in any way, shape or form, be relevant to the topic, if someone, anyone, thinks it shouldn't be!
Further, this one has deemed self-permission to say that individuals who try to do this are hypocritical or worse.
Well, well, well, Ima dig myself deeper into this pit of hell.
Here is what I say:
What do you say?
Note, if you come in here and try to talk about how you hate bullying, or love cotton candy, or to spread bad ideas that don't make any sense, or some other thing like that:
you risk being told that your post is not relevant to the topic of relevancy!
You have been warned :)
Consider this a blanket warning in effect for all time to the end of infinity and in effect for any of my posts or commentary. Yep, I like conversations to stay on topic and make sense. If you don't like that, I suggest you steer clear.
your friendly neighborhood relevancy genius.