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Old 03-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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I knew what I was getting into, but I just spent about an hour on a political forum, actively participating. It's no wonder our political leaders are stuck with all the closed minded extremists out there - on both sides!
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Porky would have a simultaneous stroke/coronary over there!!!

Even at it's absolute worst, thankfully this place is a sea of tranquility by comparison...
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Your kindly mod team will surely take that as a compliment!
I rarely dip down into the comments section of any news story or blog post for fear of getting caught in the slime and ill will that seems to pervade the rest of the internet.

It just isn't that hard to be a nice person, really. Is it?
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #3
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Yes, I am thoroughly impressed with the way the moderators keep smoothly running discussions, lively yet civilized. This is a wonderful "place" and I'm so glad I discovered it.
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Yes, I am thoroughly impressed with the way the moderators keep smoothly running discussions, lively yet civilized. This is a wonderful "place" and I'm so glad I discovered it.
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Yes, I am thoroughly impressed with the way the moderators keep smoothly running discussions, lively yet civilized.
I agree.

For a bunch of jack-booted, pig-obsessed opponents to the First Amendment, they do a pretty good job.
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I knew what I was getting into, but I just spent about an hour on a political forum. It's no wonder our political leaders are stuck with all the closed minded extremists out there - on both sides!
You can often see those extremes in the comment sections of mass media on-line publications, you don't even need to go to the political forums (which are super-magnets for that kind of talk).

I'm not sure that lets politicians off the hook though. I suspect those extreme comments are from a vocal minority. And at some point, leaders need to lead, and do what is right for the country, regardless of the popularity of their stance. Yes, I know, that is going to conflict with them getting re-elected, but maybe not. Maybe the majority could get behind someone who could communicate the issues, and explain why they are taking an unpopular direction, and what the overall benefit is?

OK, I'll wake up from my dream now.

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I agree.

For a bunch of jack-booted, pig-obsessed opponents to the First Amendment, they do a pretty good job.
That's hilarious!

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That's hilarious!

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That is a t-shirt worthy slogan!
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The minute one opens their mouth about politics their perceived IQ goes down several notches.
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++1 on the comments about how nice a place this is. The only forum I read regularly, with the exception of maybe a hobby forum or two.

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You can often see those extremes in the comment sections of mass media on-line publications, you don't even need to go to the political forums (which are super-magnets for that kind of talk).
I never saw the point of those "comment" sections on the news sites, which have now deteriorated into the live Twitter feeds onscreen during some "news" shows. I mean, why would anybody care about what one Joe Blow thinks about a story, out of the thousands (or tens? hundreds? of thousands) who read it?

I guess I'm just an old fuddy who will never get this need to overshare everything with strangers.
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I have always believed that the Internet is the worst place to debate differing views, primarily because the protagonists do not know each other.

In real life I have friends all across the political and religious spectrum, we certainly disagree on various things. but because we have had personal encounters of working/sharing/playing/grieving together, it takes a huge edge off of things. And we all rejoice when one of us does well.

When you don't get to know someone like that, when they are only words on a screen, it is easy to see them as a bogeyperson, and nothing ever gets accomplished. The "win at all costs" scenario becomes the goal.


Having been on this forum for not quite a year, it seems to work, in my view, because everyone wants to help others toward achieving ER regardless of their beliefs. While there are disagreements in terms of how to do it (e.g. AA, when to take SS, etc.), those disagreements focused on ensuring someone benefits and not seeing them benefiting from FIRE as a bad thing.
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+1. This is the only place I will discuss political topics. I enjoy a good discussion or argument but online political forums are magnets for zealots and hot-heads. No fun at all.
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Regarding the comment sections on news internet sites, there really are only 2 or 3 posters with many multiple logins.
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For a bunch of jack-booted, pig-obsessed opponents to the First Amendment, they do a pretty good job.
My thoughts exactically (and I haven't even been here that long)!

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I just went back and looked, and the politics sub-forum over there dwarfs all other sub-forums in number of posts. More than double the size of the next biggest sub-forums, and orders of magnitude (10-1000X) bigger than most other sub-forums. And the central mission of the other site is NOT politics by any means. Jeeeeeeeeeez!

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I'm guilty of engaging in political forum posts, worse, I can't help myself from calling out the worst posts on facebook - way to risk friendships, Laurence!

The new crop of moderators here seem to really know their stuff. That inaugural class just had to go, huh, REW?
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I agree.

For a bunch of jack-booted, pig-obsessed opponents to the First Amendment, they do a pretty good job.
Bacon is patriotic.

heh heh heh - however I'm trying to eat nuts and twigs til the scale reads 8 lbs lower.
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Bacon is patriotic.
Good to see both of you!

I'm okay with folks having a different opinion from mine, but most of the crap I see on Facebook and/or in the comment sections on news sites shouldn't pass the smell test for any halfway intelligent person...

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