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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby hardball » 16 Apr 2010, 10:30

Elegua wrote:
I know. Many that I squeal on get tempted. Many that imho should be temped remain, despite being counterproductive to discussion. I'm sure they'd be just as funny to spectators in Temp, and there they would surely continue.


People actually squeal? I don't think in 5+ years on this site that I've squealed on a single post on this site.
What's the point?
Anyway, I find myself posting less as the arguments are getting formulaic and I'm getting too lazy to make the same arguments to some newbie. Most threads seem to end up being a wiki contest.

The point is that some posters bully their way into legitimate threads by being obnoxious, and asking the mod for a temp-call may help keep the thread on topic.

Over time I think we'll know the quality of what what each poster can, or can't, contribute.

True, but why should someone not making a real effort to participate in the "grown up" forum be allowed to post at will?
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby Chewycorns » 16 Apr 2010, 13:10

hardball wrote: many of the more mature posters value seeing a well thought-out post by an opposing viewpoint.


I disagree with this statement. There are just as many mature posters who aren't balanced, fair, or particularly welcoming of opposing viewpoints. And I don't see them changing. Perhaps it is the distance from reality that so many of them live their lives in.

Real life scenarios make people get along. You may disagree vehemently with someone's politics, but you share family or personal stories, push your political points gently (as I generally have to do in my family of leftists), and build coalitions (e.g. in workplaces, sports teams, clubs etc.) just as much based on personality and competency as on politics. That's real life. It gives people a sort of tolerance that they didn't have in their 20s when they were young and hotheaded and care free. But, what happens if you carry care free into middle age, as so many seem to do in Taiwan?

When you work 2 to 3 hours a day, drink, and debate online for most of the day, you sort of carry that 20s lifestyle into middle age, no? It's attractive to live such a bohemian and alternative lifestyle, but it also allows people to be rigid and unaltering in their opinions. :ponder:
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby hardball » 16 Apr 2010, 13:29

Chewycorns wrote:
hardball wrote: many of the more mature posters value seeing a well thought-out post by an opposing viewpoint.


I disagree with this statement. There are just as many mature posters who aren't balanced, fair, or particularly welcoming of opposing viewpoints. And I don't see them changing. Perhaps it is the distance from reality that so many of them live their lives in.

I don't have that kind of insight into their lives, so I won't speculate.

Real life scenarios make people get along. You may disagree vehemently with someone's politics, but you share family or personal stories, push your political points gently (as I generally have to do in my family of leftists), and build coalitions (e.g. in workplaces, sports teams, clubs etc.) just as much based on personality as on politics. Life wears people down and gives them a sort of tolerance that they didn't have in their 20s.

I don't follow you, Chewy. So, we should be more tolerant of rabble-rousers, trolls and baiters in IP? It has been said before that there are other places on the web for that...why does this place have to one of them?
However, when you work 2 to 3 hours a day, drink, and debate online for most of the day, you sort of carry that 20s lifestyle into middle age, no?

I have no idea what or whom you are talking about.

The point is, I don't care who people are or what their life experiences have amounted to, in the sense that I should be more tolerant of their slagging because they are X or Y.

All I'm saying is the jv posting shouldn't belong or be welcomed in a Varsity forum.
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby sandman » 16 Apr 2010, 13:35

The point is, though, that many of these people probably don't believe they're "slagging" or "juvenile" at all and would probably be quite offended at your description.
I, for instance, would understand perfectly well. When I do post in there it tends to be juvenile, but its quite intentional, because I simply cannot take something as banal as politics seriously at all. Poking fun is about as good as politics deserves, IMO. And my point of view should be just as accepted as anyone else's. I mean, if I want to poke fun at politics and politicians in a politics forum, surely that's my right.
But I would totally understand people who consider it to be SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS!!! getting irritated and wanting somewhere else to discuss it away out of earshot of such people.
However, what about the people who can't HELP being juvenile or dumb or whatever and don't even realize that they are juvenile or dumb? You're going to keep them out of your club because they're not clever enough for you or not "serious" enough?
If its a "varsity forum" you're looking for, perhaps that's what you should be looking for -- this is not a "varsity forum." Its an expat forum that has all kinds of members, many of whom did not go to varsity and yet have just as much right to post their opinions as you or anybody else.
YOU might think they're rude or silly or too stupid to be involved, but there again, YOU'RE not the mod.
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby Chewycorns » 16 Apr 2010, 13:39

hardball wrote: So, we should be more tolerant of rabble-rousers, trolls and baiters in IP?


I guess what I'm saying is the environment in Taiwan (where people can work a few hours a day and live better than many working class locals) promotes a lifestyle where people are easily bored, have disposable income, and want entertainment. It is also part of Taiwan's charm. Forumosa, more so in the past, provided people with a hell of a lot of entertainment. It was always at its best when it didn't take itself too seriously. As we get older, we might not rabble rouse as much, but can't we still enjoy watching posters raise hell whether it's in substantive debate or cheap shot? Can't us former rabble rousers live vicariously through people still stirring the pot?

Some trolls and baiters are plain stupid. But don't you think some of the best posters have fit into this category as well? Rabble-rousers such as Broonale etc. brought a lot to this site IMHO whether it was rude mother jokes, crass political insults or astute political commentary. :thumbsup: I miss his mother insult posts with Comrade Stalin that provided me with so much entertainment during long work days in Taiwan. While they could hold a political debate with the best of them, they also provided lots of rude comments and cheap shots to people that were naieve and often deserved it (kinda like Deuce :lol: :D ). I guess my point is that Forumosa is different things to different people. If I want think tank perspectives and civil behaviour, I'll hang out with pseudo intellectuals (and often do) or college professors. I've always admired the politcal theatre in the UK....people getting really nasty in debate in the Commons and then having a beer with their opponents when they're done (at least in the old days)....sort of like rugby....hit hard and then drink together.

After a certain amount of where can I find sour cream or why my GF always sleeps so much type of threads, don't some people want entertainment/bread and circuses in IP? Some of the brightest posters also brought some of the most entertainment to the threads (while not taking themselves too seriously).
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby hardball » 16 Apr 2010, 14:19

sandman wrote:The point is, though, that many of these people probably don't believe they're "slagging" or "juvenile" at all and would probably be quite offended at your description.
If its a "varsity forum" you're looking for, perhaps that's what you should be looking for -- this is not a "varsity forum." Its an expat forum that has all kinds of members, many of whom did not go to varsity and yet have just as much right to post their opinions as you or anybody else.

Yet they are held by the same rules, which are not enforced in such a way that elevates the discussion in IP.


YOU might think they're rude or silly or too stupid to be involved, but there again, YOU'RE not the mod.

Nope. I'm not. I was told to bring questions to feedback.

You're not a participant in IP. I am. I have a problem with how threads the forum are allowed to degenerate and I hope that some things can be changed for the better of all the posters not interested in slagging. I have made some suggestions. That's what I can do. That's what I have done.

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Some trolls and baiters are plain stupid. But don't you think some of the best posters have fit into this category as well? Rabble-rousers such as Broonale etc. brought a lot to this site IMHO whether it was rude mother jokes, political insults or astute political commentary. :thumbsup: I miss his mother insult posts with Comrade Stalin that provided me with so much entertainment during long work days in Taiwan.

I think that era is over. It was fun. Let it go. :lol:
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby Chewycorns » 16 Apr 2010, 14:21

hardball wrote:I think that era is over. It was fun. Let it go. :lol:


As productive members, shouldn't we be highlighting best practices? :lol: :lol:
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby hardball » 16 Apr 2010, 14:24

Chewycorns wrote:
hardball wrote:I think that era is over. It was fun. Let it go. :lol:


As productive members, shouldn't we be highlighting best practices? :lol: :lol:

Yeah well...you weren't modding the forum then. :lol:
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby divea » 16 Apr 2010, 14:27

hardball wrote:
divea wrote:
For you maybe. Not for me.


Thanks for the reminder. I forget, I am not the intelligentsia.

Are you baiting me? :lol:

Maybe after a few more years onflob, you might not find the knuckleheads so endearing...


dunno about that, but for now can't stand 'arrogant, know it all, I am God's gift to this forum, others are knuckleheads' newbies.
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Re: IP members-only forum?

Postby hardball » 16 Apr 2010, 14:29

But I would totally understand people who consider it to be SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS!!! getting irritated and wanting somewhere else to discuss it away out of earshot of such people.

It doesn't need to be SFB, sandman. Quiet would be nice. Thoughtful even better.

Maybe a Papa's Lounge with Lazy Boy chairs, cigars, a virtual pool table and the door locked.

Either way...s'not my call.
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