CDZ What makes a good poster?

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  1. Jackson
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    I was watching something on tv and there was a bit on that if one wants to effectively talk to others, usually about politics, do it without the emotions. I thought about that for a minute and that really makes sense. If you can discuss any subject (Especially politics and religion) by inserting facts and discussions of observations, do it without anger and name calling.

    Can posters here manage to discuss based on facts without being emotional, playing the victim and just basically losing it?

    In other words can posters be the adults in the room?
     
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    There was a poster here last fall who did that--challenged himself to come here and discuss things calmly and he was really smart and explained things really well--the facts, not the spin.
    His name was well named.

    I can do it, but some days I don't feel like it and some days it doesn't seem fair to me that you can't win against the trolls and I fight back.
     
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    Folks don't come to this place to have intellectual discussions. They mostly come to have their biases confirmed and prattle on about their political enemies.
     
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    No. Some people use logic and some use emotion. The founding fathers argued angrily even to the drastic measure of a deadly duel. Being able to distinguish important points from logic OR emotion is a talent as important as making points.
     
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    Not every one
     
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    No, not everyone. Most of the people here fit the aforementioned mold, though.
     
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    Can they? yes
    Will they? No

    People post as opposed to just reading posts for the same reason people talk instead of just listening. When you are posting you're controlling the discussion, but if you're just reading posts the other person is. Lack of control means a higher likelihood of a conversation you don't enjoy, while control of the conversation all but ensures that you will like the conversation. This is of course is why posts go off topic, people want to control the discussion. When people can't control the narrative or can't create intelligent responses, they get upset and start an attack or try to change the topic. The only solution is a real moderated forum which forces posters to stay on topic and drops posters that issue personal attacks.

    Although the natural inclination is to respond to personal attacks and troll bait, the best course of action is to ignore the poster.
     
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    For me, I don't care what anybody's position is as long as they get to it honestly. That's all I need. But rarely get.
     
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    Thanks in part to our current president, people assume that dishonesty is acceptable as long as it's for a good cause.
     
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    Interesting thought. Thanks .
     
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