posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 01:38 PM
Originally posted by operation mindcrime
reply to post by PurpleChiten
I believe most people misunderstand the meaning of the term "rival" on ATS.
You used to have, if I remember correctly, a friend / foe function on ATS, where "foe" was actually what it means. They dropped that system and
since used friend / rival. A rival being somebody whom you respect as a debater but not necessarily agree with.
So being added as a rival is a compliment and a sign of respect.
I have never been added as a rival (big surprise, my debate skills suck!!) but I also do not know who added me as a friend.
Yes, but we like to "poke fun" at things such as terms used, therefore he is listed as my rival, since his name is "rival"
If I have respect for someone, I am able to consider them my friend even if we have differing opinions on some things because we have similar opinions
on other things so they aren't actually a rival overall, only have differing opinions in a few arenas.
I have not seen anyone on ATS that I had extreme differences with who I also considered somewhat intelligent, therefore I have no real rivals. With
intelligence comes the ability to find common ground even if you differ on particular issues.
The best example would be a certain little Rabbit. Although we differ in our political ideas, we share common ground in other things and he is my
friend who I happen to disagree with politically. He is not my rival other than in politics, which aren't really that important in the grand scheme
... just my view of the whole thing.