>being the type that usually enjoys debate on potential 'what
>if...'s i find it somewhat disappointing that this is the kind of
Hmm... maybe it's just your tone and/or my perception of same, then; it comes across less as "so it's occurred to me that there might be some fallout here" and more as "here's what you have to do next," particularly after the first round. That... really doesn't work for me as a reader feedback mode. I like discussions - they can be interesting - but what you're doing is throwing up these giant walls of text, as if trying to win the argument through fatigue as much as anything else, when in my mind there wasn't even an argument to be had in the first place.
So when I said, "Nah, the goggles aren't going to cause a significant problem, and here are the reasons why not," that wasn't an indication that I needed to be convinced that they were going to; it was me trying to be reassuring that the worst-case scenarios you were picturing weren't going to unfold. They very generally don't around here. UF isn't that kind of setting and I'm not that kind of storyteller. Things may get complicated in ways that the characters didn't expect from time to time, but I'm not into butterfly-causes-hurricane outcomes.
In the old days of the forum, we had a metaphor for that: "looking for meat in the produce aisle."
>yeah in some view i may over-analyze but for me, thats
>a big part of the fun. i can say i wont be making this mistake again.
I hate to discourage anyone from taking part - the Forum's been pretty quiet lately and it gets me down a little. On the other hand, if you came in expecting to find the kind of SF universe where well-meaning minor gestures do lead to disaster, well... you're probably going to be pretty consistently disappointed, both with the lack of said outcomes and with the fact that we're not really interested in having them proposed. Sorry, but that's how it is.
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