Stereotypes are necessary for us to function. Without the ability to generalize, then we'd fumble over ourselves in every aspect of life.
the only reason stereotypes exist is the be judgemental and stubborn
This statement couldn't be more false.
"What people call “stereotypes” are what scientists call “empirical generalizations,” and they are the foundation of scientific theory. That’s what scientists do; they make generalizations. Many stereotypes are empirical generalizations with a statistical basis and thus on average tend to be true. If they are not true, they wouldn’t be stereotypes. The only problem with stereotypes and empirical generalizations is that they are not always true for all individual cases. They are generalizations, not invariant laws. There are always individual exceptions to stereotypes and empirical generalizations. The danger lies in applying the empirical generalizations to individual cases, which may or may not be exceptions. But these individual exceptions do not invalidate the generalizations."
Stereotypes don't merely exist to be judgemental and stubborn. They exist because X ended up being true in most instances. And they are quite helpful and necessary, not only in life, but in poker as well. To demonize stereotypes is akin to demonizing pit bulls because an owner of said pit bull decided to train it to fight. In the wrong hands, pit bulls, much like stereotypes, can result in a negative impact, but that doesn't make pit bulls evil. They don't exist only to fight, much like stereotypes don't exist only as a result of being stubborn.
With that being said, duffte's overall point is valid. Respect is often lacking in the poker community and no one is perfect in that regard. Fortunately, I've found that DC seems to handle itself better than other online communities.
With regard to Jason, I bet he will be the first to admit that he didn't exactly approach this whole topic in a manner that would result in a mature, respectful conversation. When someone presents a conversation in an accusatory tone, then the obvious result will be people being on the offensive and defensive. Had he presented his issue like this:
"Bart seems to have made a mistake in assessing reads. My evidence is X. Because of X, I feel that Bart may be incorrectly making plays. Thoughts?"
The conversation thereafter would clearly be more respectful.
We all get heated, angry, emotional, etc., and that often results in us choosing different words and a different tone than what we would really like to use had our emotions not clouded the issue. We all know this situation very well. This is tilt. And when we tilt, we can often cause others to tilt, especially on the fearless and anonymous interwebs. To take duffte's sentiment further, we must all try to manage our own tilt and that will in turn result in a higher level of respect overall.