Full Bleed wrote:BigO wrote:There's something about the mental back-and-forth you can get when debating a topic that I really really enjoy. Granted, it's only fun if both parties can keep from getting personal and angry, but some of the best conversations I've ever had have been with people that I don't agree with at all.
But face-to-face discussions on intense issues are almost always more civil than internet debate. People say and "do" stuff on the internet that they'd never do in a f2f argument. These issues *are* very personal. So expecting people to "not take them personally" is ridiculous.BigO wrote:If you're looking for team building exercises or campfire singing then I would suggest that you start a new thread in the general discussion section for it. If however you'd like to talk about politics then you are in the right thread.
Sorry for caring about the fact that this used to be one of the most pleasant forums to participate in on the net. People knew not to start arguing about things like politics and religion because nothing good comes from it.
This is a community that was galvanized by the love of the project and gaming. Injecting the most divisive elements of our society into the mix is exactly what I'd do if I wanted to come in here and wreck the atmosphere. But if you think that what this community needs is more tension and contentious debate, then by all means, keep stirring the pot.Dracorat wrote:I couldn't let this one go, sorry.
See how easy it was to draw you back in... even when you knew that you didn't "want to fight"? And I was not even challenging the context of your message. I was not disagreeing with you at all. But it was a good example of how touchy these subjects are when someone feels they can only respond the way you did.
Anyway, I'm done with this thread. I've got more constructive things to spend my time on.
I find this fascinating. So far you're the only one who is getting upset about anything, and your problem doesn't seem to be anyone's particular opinion about the topic, it's the very existence of the thread.
As to your specific statements, even though you have called my opinion ridiculous, accused me of intentionally wrecking the atmosphere, and sarcastically implied that I want contention and tension, I'm going to choose to not take it personally and not get upset. Just like a person should do when discussing politics, or when someone posts a thread with a topic that they don't like.