Please don't confuse listening to someone once on a particular topic and then telling him he is an idiot and ignoring him on that topic, with refusing to listen to him in the first place.
There are other forums that use similar principles for who is allowed to post - specifically I'm thinking of evangelical christian forums where expressing scepticism or rational analysis earns you a permenant ban. Those guys "know" that their worldview is correct and aren't interested in listening to "dumb" agnostics or atheists either.
Last edited by Lallante; July 25 2012 at 08:23:01 AM.
Tbh the only difference between Al Simmons style of posting and that of Frug, Ralara or Barth (arbitrary picks, nothing personal!) is that he holds an extreme minority viewpoint. Very few posters are doing a better job of defending their views, they just rely on the fact that most other posters inherently agree with their base assumptions.
Tbh the more I read this thread the more I realise we are the worst. Al hasn't said anything controversial in this thread AT ALL (in fact he has been perfectly reasonable, though disclaimer I'm onlu up to p14), and people are shitting all over him because they feel he isn't worth engaging with.
If thats what the srs forum is about, enjoy your members-only circlejerk because I will keep starting political threads in the general forum so I can get the viewpoints of a range of people with different backgrounds and experiences rather than the generic "20-30-something reasonably intelligent internet savvy liberal" demographic median view.
Last edited by Lallante; July 25 2012 at 08:23:51 AM.
Tl;Dr of this thread:
"Hey the problem with all these debate threads is that people I disagree with keep posting"
"I've got an idea, lets just exclude them"
"Awesome, the threads will be so interesting now only one narrow viewpoint is allowed".
i wondered if my instant dismissal of the shitty business forum was warranted.
then i saw the angry pony guy is posting a lot in there.
No longer Deleting all your posts erryday due to butthurt
usually pink or pinkest flamingo in other games
FREE NYAN CAT
JUSTICE FOR AMANTU
Still waiting for acceptance in to serious forums so I can post my unique ponypoint all over it.
Got to agree with Lallante fully. A serious business forum doesn't need to be membership only, but just moderated heavily so that "snypas", bullshit posts and general crap can get an instant suspension. The way it is now, it's just a bad circlejerk.
As a rule I don't think you can flipflop between high-brow (faux or real) intellectual discourse and outright offensive posting. That's not to say clever people aren't capable of trolling or shouldn't take people to task for things, but I tend to think that moderation and level-headedness is as much a part of being an intellectual as the actual knowledge is.
In other words, if you post something lucid in between venomously abusing people ("lol it's the internet it doesn't count/it's not real abuse!") then I don't think you can really be considered "above" the people who are being disparaged because they are simply misinformed or uninformed.
I do agree however with Frug's point regards having to re-tread the same steps over and over because of having to deal with a wide range of opinions, experience and intelligence. That's just forums for you though, outside of trolling you just have to accept that this is par for the course.
As a bootnote, intelligent people are neither necessarily nor automatically informed on every subject that happens to be talked about and are often just as likely as uninformed people, perhaps more so because of an attitude that they are "cleverer than the proles", to be resistant to being told they are wrong.
But seriously, this is an internet forum that revolves around a bad videogame of make-believe internet spaceships, full of people that you will probably never meet if you aren't going to book a ticket for iceland to spend some time with smelly nerds. How could anyone possibly get angry (irl) about anything?
Cool, you'll still be a fag that likes a TV show made for little girls though.
A neckbeard trying to convince other people on the internet that he's, in fact, a little girl. To justify that he likes MLP.
And I thought furries were bad.