posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 02:46 AM
Great post and great idea! I've been here a bit longer but probably only have a month's worth of days I've been able to read and post. Awesome
place, huh?=) I lurked for a looong time before I joined.
I've learned it's a lot harder to not join in the fray and argue than I would have suspected. I've had to literally force myself to step away, and
had to make the choice not to view some topics for a time. I hated doing it. My blood pressure, however, is grateful. =)
I've learned that what is perfectly rational and 'well of course that's how it is' to me may be absolutely off the wall to others. "How can she
even consider believing that???" And vice versa...
I've learned that it IS ok to use the alert button based on my perception of what is ok and isn't. The mods will check things out. Thanks Mods!
Related: I've learned that users do get mod smack downs and banned when it's really called for, much to my relief on a thread last week!
I've learned no matter how mild the post, someone can find a way to take offense. But if you respond politely or not at all, they usually go away.
I've learned there are amazing amounts of information here for me to learn from and I'm grateful. That said, I've learned that, for me, sometimes I
have to go with my gut on conspiracy theories after reading the factual data. I'm just never going to have the intellect to figure out the scientific
detail for some of these theories. For example, if X says (sounding all scientific) that metal infrastructures melt and 4zillion degrees, and Y says
(also sounding scientifical) No, it melts at 4thousand degrees and you have to add in the burn rate of poly-wood-paper variations, I am -not- going to
be able to decipher the science every time. Unfortunately.
I've also learned there are a lot of amazing people here and I'm glad I found it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.
edited to add:
I agree with FF that aptitude tests do not equal smarts. I suggest a compromise (LoL), how bout an aptitude test designed to rate if a user can listen
to other viewpoints without having the muscles in their knees spontaneously convulse?? =) Or an aptitude test to see if a person can avoid the desire
to go to a thread they know will tweak them? =)
Never mind on the last one, that's part of the ats learning curve! Heaven knows I had to learn it!
Oh yeah, I've also learned that sometimes I really wish there was a way to thumbs-down a post. Not in a way that would affect points, etc, perhaps.
Just as a way to state, "Ya know, I can't believe anyone would post that..." or some such. I'd use it, way to often! Maybe that's why we don't
Oh, I also wish the 'foes' didn't say respected foes. Because a respected foe I disagree with but admire how they present their views. Some users I
have no respect for, neither in views or how they 'talk' to other users....
I've also learned I love the edit function!
[edit on 8/18/09 by preparanoid]