Originally posted by Springer
reply to post by DoomsdayRex
Why do you continue to ignore what I've said at least TWICE now? The term "Skeptic" in this context is ANYONE who disagrees with the premise/topic of
the THREAD they are posting in.
It has absolutely NOTHING to do with one's beliefs in general on any subject. Is it really that hard to comprehend or are you intentionally being
Many many people are being misread in this thread. People are upset (even offended) that you chose to single out one specific group of people in an
antagonistic manner. The simple message of "be nice" is lost in the tornado that was caused by the former.
Now, looking at it from their side, take the quoted post as an example. It's pretty easy to see "Don't disagree" in that. I've been banging my head
against a wall to keep that notion out of my head, but so far it's been the basic premise of the whole thread, because nearly anything said is
offensive to someone in some way, because everyone has their own opinions.
People will always disagree, and it seems that most often these days, a disagreement is taken as a personal slight by one party or the other. Most
everyone here knows actual offensive material when they see it, but so many choose to be offended by anything that they don't disagree with because
it's a very convenient way to silence that opposing opinion.
So what is the goal here? Because unless you have no disagreements, you'll always have heated discussion, and heated discussion is what leads to this
type of outburst. Nearly everyone on these boards has a pretty intense interest in the subject, to get this in-depth with it, and most of the times
that means strongly held opinions as well.
So do we cater to the lowest common denominator and assume that everyone is capable of being offended by even the slightest difference of opinion, and
avoid any threads that our own personal beliefs don't coincide with? The canned response so far has been "well, if you can't go into those threads
without being rude, maybe you shouldn't!" but that's ridiculous, because any dissenting opinion is so often taken as offense
The other problem is that both sides mock the other, and both sides toss in their snide remarks, but only one side is being called out on it, but that
problem's been touched on in this thread as well and essentially ignored.
May I start a thread calling out the believers on all of their mocking posts, and explaining that a response that is nothing more than "I'm sure it's
just swamp gas reflecting off of a weather balloon trapped in the northern lights while being illuminated by venus har har har." isn't a worthwhile
addition to the conversation?
The skeptics are feeling scapegoated. And they should.
Edit: And unfortunately, it isn't just armchair skeptics like me
. It's guys like Chrlz who do serious work to unravel things here and reveal
the real truth behind so many of these photos and videos. Guys who are a real asset to this site.
edit on 11/12/2010 by EsSeeEye because: (no