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The Masked Debater sez HOWDY

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posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:13 AM
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Longtime lurker who recently joined. The member experience has so much to offer and quite frankly some of the toolsets are a tad intimidating. Speaking of intimidating, I've already dog paddled out into the deep end with a few posts in the forums and Wow, unpopular views are not taken lightly.

Most of my other chat room forum experience has been technical in nature. Small appliance and automotive forums where we try to HELP other members solve problems. Seems like the other way around here but I'm looking forward to intense discussions.

My Avatar took me a few hours to size just right and I'm learning the other features and decorum. As I've mentioned already elsewhere, I think if they offered a "sneak peek" of all the full fledged member tools it would serve to entice lurkers like me.

I look forward to interacting with others and enjoy spirited debate. There is nothing else like ATS on the planet.

Can't wait to lose my training wheels and getting down to business. So a big shout out to all my soon to be new friends and rivals.


MD
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posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:18 AM
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Finally, you're here!

Now, if you're gonna do a lot of masked-debating, please "face" the other way.



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:23 AM
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Welcome, can i ask what your mask avatar represents ?
what culture it comes from?
thanks



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:25 AM
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Masked? Masked?
What on earth are you trying to hide? I sense a conspiracy here. LOL

Welcome to ATS. I hope you enjoy the comunity, but do not take everything seriously.



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:37 AM
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Nice Intro!
Welcome!! Enjoy yourself!!

Be safe!

Stop, Look and Listen before you cross the street... The traffic has been a little rough around here lately.



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posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:45 AM
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So you watched the Bachelorette last night too? That mask was a hoot. You may have stolen his idea but your mask is certainly more attractive. Welcome!



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 08:06 AM
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From one masked debater to another....
stay out of my line of fire, and I'll stay out yours.


Love the avatar,
Love the name.

Welcome to ATS.



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 08:44 AM
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howdy partner ...

welcome to the fringe



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 09:47 AM
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Originally posted by sprocket2cog
Welcome, can i ask what your mask avatar represents ?
what culture it comes from?
thanks


I snagged the image off Google images. I don't recall ethnic or anthropological origin and I believe it was more art related. I liked the whimsical aspect as it appears to be "winking" with my name and I really dig innuendo and double entendres. Given the cloak of internet anonymity and the nature of discussions here it sort of popped into my head as an apt image.

One thing I will say is that the Star rewarding system does tend to influence the way I consider certain posts. It makes me think I should agree with certain opinions due to popularity. The non member user experience yields all contributions as equal on their own merit and I think I actually preferred that.

Thanks for your warm reception.



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 09:48 AM
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sorry still learning..........
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posted on May, 24 2011 @ 10:20 AM
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I did some research on your avatar.
its a yakut mask, the meaning evades me still
but heres some info on them
en.wikipedia.org...



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 11:24 AM
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Welcome,

Will be looking forward to hearing you in the live forum...



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 11:31 AM
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Welcome,

We will be watching............



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 03:29 PM
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..I am just not going to say what I thought I read when I read your nick, "MaskedDebater" LOL


Welcome and enjoy yourself.



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 04:03 PM
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I am new here as well. Welcome!!!!



posted on May, 24 2011 @ 07:39 PM
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Originally posted by newcovenant
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So you watched the Bachelorette last night too? That mask was a hoot. You may have stolen his idea but your mask is certainly more attractive. Welcome!


Mkay. Not sure about that show but technically I joined on the 17th but just got around to posting here.

Not sure I stole anything, but thanks for the welcome.



posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 05:19 PM
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Originally posted by MaskedDebater
One thing I will say is that the Star rewarding system does tend to influence the way I consider certain posts. It makes me think I should agree with certain opinions due to popularity.


That would be the non-intellectual way to read through a thread. Hopefully, you will find the willpower to resist reading posts in that fashion, and instead use your own judgement in deciding whether to flag an OP, star a post and/or respond.


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posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 07:03 PM
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Originally posted by centurion1211

Originally posted by MaskedDebater
One thing I will say is that the Star rewarding system does tend to influence the way I consider certain posts. It makes me think I should agree with certain opinions due to popularity.


That would be the non-intellectual way to read through a thread. Hopefully, you will find the willpower to resist reading posts in that fashion, and instead use your own judgement in deciding whether to flag an OP, star a post and/or respond.


Thanks for the advice. I will seek some intellectual role models here. Can you recommend any?

Thanks for the drive by stopping by.


/MD
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posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 08:34 PM
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you may be a masked debater....

but the real question is, are you a master debater?



posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:02 PM
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Originally posted by tempesillest
you may be a masked debater....

but the real question is, are you a master debater?


I hope to be someday.

I sure practice a lot and "practice makes perfect."


/MD



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