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Old 02-28-2002, 02:31 PM   #1
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Suggestions for new forums

Sometimes this forum gets out fo hands. Sometimes I just wanna discuss political events with people who feel the same way I do about them. Sometimes I want debate, but other times I just want good discussion with fellow conservatives. I'm sure many of my fellow conservatives feel the same way. I'm also pretty sure that liberals would like the same thing every once in a while. But as it is now, anything anyone ever posts that has a leftist or rightist view point will most certainly be argued with. So my suggestion is this; creation of two new forums - a conservative forum where conservatives such as myself and lemonite and Achtung Bubba and others can chill and discuss, and another forum just for liberals to do the same. Of course, when any of us get in the mood for a good old fashioned drop down deag out fight, we can post over here in Free Your Mind. Anyone else want to see something like this implemented?
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Old 02-28-2002, 04:04 PM   #2
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I don't see why there needs to be another forum like this one floating around. This one serves the purpose just fine. Just because someone has a different opinion does not mean you need a seperate forum, nor do they.
This a great forum for debate. However, sometimes I just want to discuss issues with like-minded people, without the hassle of having to argue with people. Do you think that if I titled a thread "for conservatives only", that liberals wouldn't argue? Same goes for liberals - if they posted threads entitled "for liberals only", conservatives would argue with them anyway. If there were 3 forums, one for conservatives, one for liberals, and one for everyone in which to argue, people woouldn't be so likely to go to someone else's forum and start arguing.
Thanks, Sicy for copying this to "don't expect, suggest".
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I don't post here, but I lurk.

My question is, would Liberals/Conservatives be banned from posting in each other's forums? What happens when a fellow party member has quite an opposing opinion (given that he/she isn't straight-ticket)? Sounds like it could make things more *calm*.
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And how would you limit these thread to just conservatives and just liberals? Will I have to have some sort of special access card?

And what happens if I'm a conservative, and I just really like being a lurk and posting arguments in the Liberal threads...how do you control that.....

Doesn't make sense to me - sounds like a bigger headache waiting to happen. At least FYM expands your mind to different opinions! I like seeing the "other side of the argument/debate." Your mind doesn't expand if you always interact with people who think JUST like you!

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I don't post here, but I lurk.

My question is, would Liberals/Conservatives be banned from posting in each other's forums? What happens when a fellow party member has quite an opposing opinion (given that he/she isn't straight-ticket)? Sounds like it could make things more *calm*.
Nope, I wouldn't expect people to be banned from any forums, but with the existence of the Free Your Mind forum being open for debate, I would expect that to deter people from "crashing teh other party's party"

People within a party are apt to disagree every once in a while, but it is far less likely than people of opposite parties disagreeing.

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1)And how would you limit these thread to just conservatives and just liberals? Will I have to have some sort of special access card?

2)And what happens if I'm a conservative, and I just really like being a lurk and posting arguments in the Liberal threads...how do you control that.....

3)Doesn't make sense to me - sounds like a bigger headache waiting to happen. At least FYM expands your mind to different opinions! I like seeing the "other side of the argument/debate." Your mind doesn't expand if you always interact with people who think JUST like you!

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See my above post for my responses to issues 1 and 2.

As for issue # 3, again, I'm not suggesting we do away with free Your Mind. People can come on to this forum to be enlightened anytime that they want. I just want a place where I can chill with other conservatives, without having to worry about someone "getting up in my grill" all the time. In your real life, don't you ever just want to sit back and discuss politics with someone who feels the way you do? I find it can be an encouraging and uplifting experience. We all need the refreshment every once in a while. Debate is nice, but I don't want it 100% of the time. And I know for a fact that I will always get argued with if I post a conservative thread in this forum.
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In your real life, don't you ever just want to sit back and discuss politics with someone who feels the way you do?
If you want my honest opinion, rarely. I find discussing mixed opinion politics with others helps refine my views. Kind of like how someone with a snake phobia can be cured by more/excess exposure to snakes. Listening to others, and perhaps allowing oneself to look outside the box can proove beneficial.

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Change is the only constant.
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Before I take my extended break, I'll just say this. Perhaps you should look for a politics forum on another web site. I know, for a fact, that there is a major conservative web site out there...I won't post it, in case it looks like advertising. I'm sure there is a liberal politics forum as well. Of course, feel free to visit here as well, but I don't think that interference.com can be *everything.*

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O.K. - Let me make sure I have this right - I may be confused - you want a place were someone with your same views politically can talk - in a U2 forum. Its still not making sense.

I'm sure somewhere in this vast Internet world you can find a board where you can post with people with your same political views. It seems WAY too niche to have a U2 fans and conservatives or liberals only topic area - no?

Why don't you start a thread discussing something, and instead of arguing against the opposite views, just ignore them, and speak to the similar views.
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Sorry for not agreeing with you 80sU2 but this is not a place just for your friends, it is an open public forum for everyone, or so I thought.
What you are talking about is segregation and will only cause problems and rifts.
And last time I looked it was a forum for U2 fans, who are the kind of people I thought were open minded and able to see the bigger picture, rather than wanting to lock themselves away for discussion in their own little groups.
What purpose would it serve?

Maybe we should have a forum for just males or maybe one that only allows Asian people, perhaps one for all the Catholics, where no other religions are allowed to debate them.

80's, this isn't the 80's, let alone the 50's, you are majorly talking about segregation here.

Although anything I say of late is wrong and has absolutely no merit around here, so don't listen to me anyway.
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Some of you have had good suggestions (thank you, melon), but some of you are missing the point entirely, even though I've explained it twice.

1)It's not about "always" having discussions with people I know will agree with me. It's about "sometimes" being able to talk about a subject with like-minded people, without having to wade through posts and posts deriding and insulting my political views.

2)This idea that it is about "segregation" for the sake of segregation is way off. To compare my suggestions to the segregation and racism evident in the 50s is total malarky. How did you coem up with that? To equate the two trivializes the plight of those who had to live with true bigotry.

Just forget it. Bad ide, evidently.
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80's, I think you've got the right idea with the "Attention My Fellow Conservatives" thread. It is obviously not a thread for me and I will respect that--hopefully other non-conservatives will as well. All one can do is ask politely not to have one's thread be hijacked into a debate thread and hope for the best.
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Just saw your "conservatives" post. I hope it works! Remember, just ignore the ones who are trying to argue against your ideas!
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I meant 50's in your backwards thinking, I never mentioned the word racism.I certianly didn't trivialise it either.

You want a forum just for one type/group of people.
Need I say more?
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