Well congratulations you got me to log in and reply. I have recently taken to just lurking again as I've felt the over-all feel of the site to be
negative. I have been a member since 2009, and had lurked before that but in no way am I able to respond on the feel of the site before that. I will
attest that I have a historian's curiosity and have spent days just reading some of the classic threads from these many moons ago. With that in mind
my paltry two cents worth.
The older threads had an advantage, they had the concept of being new. Ideas were exchanged between people who were actually doing research and
involving themselves in finding a truth. Now most threads are simply rehashes of these same ideas. If you want to opine on a certain subject you can
spend days digging through old threads trying to find where to comment, That comment is going to be buried, and there's a good chance you'll end up
repeating what has already been said. Now remember this and watch how so many are more then eager to point this out. New researchers will become
frustrated, they want to get their ideas out there, but don't want to spend weeks reading and absorbing threads that are years old. We need to show
more patience to our newer researchers and thinkers.
Now the feel of the site, it's become in my opinion more like a social media site. I can only agree with the poster above who pointed this out. Stars,
flags, likes and +'s will usually lead to this. When opinions are tailored to the popular consensus you're not going to develop ground breaking ideas.
It is this lack of ground breaking ideas, or the conceived lack as I will say that they are still here but buried among the inane, that people are
probably decrying. Ideas are buried in a sea of multiple threads and personal insults. Couple this with threads where the first 10 replies amount to "
omg I so totally agree, star and flag, thumbs up". As the site has grown it's become more and more difficult to filter what we seek. Each of us has
our areas of interest, and as the site gets more popular we will feel that our areas are being shunted. This is perception.
BigFatfurryTexan, I have always admired your bluntness. Say it true, it is the egos that have lead some to get banned.
I myself have always spoken my mind, I have never been afraid to do so. I will disagree with a mod, and have even disagreed with Skeptic on many
occasions. I might have come off as abrasive, but never have I attacked people personally. I argue the idea, not the person. This is the most basic of
forum rules everywhere on the internet. Do this, don't label, don't compare, just take the idea and pull it apart if you disagree. Saying "that's
stupid" or something like " you're an evil libtard/gun toting redneck" is not going to get us anywhere. This is the biggest fault I have with the site
now. People are not being helped on how to debate properly. I would suggest that a sticky thread be made covering some of these debate basics, but
it's already been done, numerous times. So it's up to us as established members to help our newer posters learn how to do this. I've probably failed
in this regard myself, perhaps some wiser then I can assist.
We are here to discuss alternative ideals. Whether I agree with one's perception or assertions is not relevant to their ability to post about it. I
will try to show why I disagree if I do, but I will do this in accordance with the site tos. I consider part of my responsibility as a poster here.
edit on 20-4-2013 by Seiko because: silly typos