I'm a new poster here(approved last week but lurked for a short while before that) and I have a question that while it may seem a little controversial, I think is valid.
First of all, I love this site, I find it amusing, entertaining, informative and challenging (in a good way). With that said, I have to confess to being slightly averse to the concept of "bean dip". Maybe it's just the way that I was brought up, but I would almost always rather confront someone directly(though of course that's almost impossible with some people). As well (perhaps because of my sometime frankness) I have once or twice(literally, not often) been on the recieving end of a diversionary tactic. On neither occasion was I at all inclined to drop my line of argument. Call me rude, but I found the "beandipping" irritating and condescending. If I had been directly asked to drop the subject, I would have been far more receptive.
All thoughts/comments are appreciated.