If, as you say:
Fortigurn wrote:I don't care if they ignore my sources.
Then you're not really trying to have a discussion, you're trying to win an argument, but if you haven't noticed, a lot of the time people ignore your sources.
You have it completely backwards. The fact that I take the time to address people's points and provide evidence on request shows that I am having a discussion. Of course I've noticed a lot of the time people ignore my sources; if you haven't noticed, I've objected to this many times. As I have explained previously, I object not simply because people aren't reading them, but more because of the intellectual dishonesty involved. They ask for evidence, I provide it, they don't bother reading it, and then claim I haven't provided any evidence.
Lets say, per thread, you provided 1-3, then you might get a little more back and forth rather than a wall of text with your own footnotes (some of which, are hard to navigate I must say...and this is coming from someone who LIVES in footnotes) think about those who don't...
There's nothing preventing people from controlling how much they read. If they're intellectually lazy and dishonest, that's their problem not mine.
But as you said, you don't care if anyone actually reads your sources--meaning you cite them for your own satisfaction rather than for anyone else.
No that is not what I meant. It doesn't satisfy me to spend my time doing research to provide answers which people may or not need. I don't cite them for my own satisfaction rather than for anyone else, I cite them to substantiate my arguments, and I typically cite them on request. My comment about not caring if they ignore my sources was in the context of precisely what it is that I object to the most. I am not going to get all upset when people ignore my sources.
I am however going to object when people ignore my sources and then continue to claim that I haven't provided any evidence for my case. As I have said before, that's what I object to most, not just the intellectual laziness but the intellectual dishonesty. The fact that you're attempting to justify this intellectual dishonesty and make me the villain for providing substantiating evidence for my case is extraordinary.