posted on Apr, 20 2006 @ 11:49 PM
There is a difference between Debating a topic and discussing it.
The rules of debate run on "points" and the goal is to win. To have your argument and ideas be held up above that of your opponent.
A discussion is a free flow of ideas. Conflicts occur because in the forums text is final. Unlike a face to face convo where there is body language,
expressions and free banter, interjection etc... in text, what you say stands until someone posts after you...it's not a continuous flow.
Things can and often are, misunderstood, poorly explained, lacking info or whatever...it can all get really ugly sometimes.
Not just in these forums but in all forums and textual conversations between people who do not "know" each other or their individual writing styles
I look forward to reading more of the site
Hopefully the mods keep the ugliness to aminimum
and some great discussions and idea sharing can occur.
That's why I came here...it's moderated, sign up is required and it's not all one sided.
So far I've seen a good bit of balance in the postings and some good humour
That is all