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Offline Brandonazz

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2865 on: August 07, 2011, 05:29:43 pm »
Because having opinions online is as bad as pornography and lawbreaking discussions.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2866 on: August 08, 2011, 12:58:03 am »
The Politics and religion type threads are one of the main reasons I even bother to hang around this forum any more and I'm sure there are plenty of others who would agree with me.

These are the threads which generate the interesting discussions around here. If they were banned or otherwise dissapeared I'd basically just use this forum as an elaborate means of storing RPG character sheets and stick to hanging around in IRC :P
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2867 on: August 08, 2011, 01:04:22 am »
Political and Religious debate are best banned on places with either large user bases, anonymity, or both. Small directed places like this are fine for it really.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2868 on: August 08, 2011, 09:51:27 am »
I have never seen an interesting conversation stem from ether of those topics here or on any other forum. It always boils down to the same thing.

I have an opinion/belief!

Your opinion/belief is stupid and dumb, and you are also stupid and dumb for having that opinion/belief.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2869 on: August 08, 2011, 10:04:14 am »
It's not like anyone's forcing you to take part though.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2870 on: August 08, 2011, 10:21:07 am »
I think, when done well, a discussion about politics or religion can be fascinating, enriching and possibly even change a person's entire perception on things, which is why I do think they have a place on discussion boards. It's the same reason I think pretty much any topic does, even if it covers a sensitive subject. If certain subjects that really matter to people are off limits in a community, it makes it much harder for those people to connect with others in that community on a deeper level.

However, I also realize that it's far too easy to fall into the trap of unnecessary hostility, callousness and overreaction in such threads. I don't think the answer isn't doing away with such threads as a whole, but establishing some guidelines for which a calm, friendly discussion can take place. I don't mean rules, but rather just a set of criteria that establishes what people consider good etiquette for having these conversations. I don't imagine it'll solve every problem. We all get overheated now and then. At the very least, though, it may be of some help to the people willing to try and follow it. I certainly like the people on here, and I've definitely seen some great conversations pop up on some rather deep topics. I wouldn't want the continuing potential for that to go away.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2871 on: August 08, 2011, 10:48:22 am »
I don't think this thread has any critical problems that need fixing.  Most of the last few pages really didn't have anything to do with politics.  There is one thing that I would ask, one thing that I seem to repeatedly ask in this thread.  When people make bold statements or claims, please be able to defend them.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2872 on: August 08, 2011, 11:22:29 am »
When people make bold statements or claims, please be able to defend them.

That line of reasoning caused ALL BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN Ink.

And to pre-empt your next request, no I can't back that up with evidence.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2873 on: August 08, 2011, 11:32:54 am »
The touchiness of it comes from the fact that these are personal beliefs laid bare. Often beliefs on wide and sweeping things such as treatment of humanity in general or what we as a whole should do or how things should be treated. It's not uncommon for a belief to be abhorrent to someone else - a racist talking to a philanthropist to use a rather generalized and blanket metaphor.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2874 on: August 08, 2011, 12:24:36 pm »
So yeah anyway if you're looking for a new TV or computer Tottenham is the place to be right now.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2875 on: August 08, 2011, 12:26:13 pm »
Electric guitars too, I hear.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2876 on: August 08, 2011, 12:42:35 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p39ULW_xzUE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p39ULW_xzUE</a>.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #2877 on: August 08, 2011, 01:34:50 pm »
I'm pretty sure I'm the closest guy on the forum to the Riots.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2878 on: August 08, 2011, 02:03:43 pm »
Loot me a nice Prime Minister.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #2879 on: August 08, 2011, 02:05:24 pm »
If you can sneak out Big Ben without anyone seeing, it'd make a nice addition to the park near my house.
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