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Originally posted by charles1952
When I first read your post I was tremendously excited (well, as excited as I get anymore). Great idea and the world has been saved for civilization as we know it. I'm not being facetious, just exaggerating a little.
But then I started thinking. I'm new at ATS, but I've read a fair amount of threads. In a number of forums it seems like the poster live for the cutting blow, the cleverly delivered insult, the questioning of the other's parentage, integrity, or sanity.
I'm not entirely sure there would be a demand for the critical thinking badge. It would give the moderators a little extra work. I would hope that it would expire regularly, so that the poster would have to continue to be a critical thinker.
Anyway, I like the way you think.
Originally posted by byteshertz
I have become quite frustrated recently by the number of people authoring posts and starring posts that do not even present any argument or facts - they just all ban together because they are against something without being able to produce any evidence as to why that is their opinion.
They are entitled to their opinion - but is really takes away from the star idea if everyone just star's posts that match their point of view instead of ones presenting the best argument for either side.
A critical thinker badge
I am aware there is a debate thread where members can debate - but I think it would be good to see mod's give out badges of some discription for critical thinking - presenting an argument with facts. Most people could probably achieve this but it would help us ignore those who are incapable of even presenting a factual argument to support their opinion.
Just and idea.