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    Sep 19, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    IMHO the quality of these forums has improved in the past few days. During the long siege by the perpetual catfighters, the political forums especially were dominated by a half dozen incessant posters who strayed wildly off topic in order to out bitch-slap each other.

    But read for example the forum "Are Unions Necessary?" and you'll see posts from less frequent members. The participation has broadened. That alone makes the forums much more interesting for all of us.

    I also think we're seeing plenty of disagreement and varied political perspectives----without the nastiness.

    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    It's nice that you can state your opinion without sustaining a vicious personal attack which follows you to every thread you post.

    I think more people will feel more open to posting instead of just lurking now that the threat of having to fend off incessant personal attacks has been drastically reduced.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    I agree. The air is much cleaner around here now.............Let's hope it stays that way...forever!
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI agree. The air is much cleaner around here now.............Let's hope it stays that way...forever!


    I had mexican for dinner so I make no promises.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I personally enjoyed reading these other views---

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    Sep 19, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    Dallasfan824 said
    turtleneckjock saidI agree. The air is much cleaner around here now.............Let's hope it stays that way...forever!


    I had mexican for dinner so I make no promises.


    I have a can of Glade within arms reach and will use it if necessary!!icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
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    Dean_Aane saidI personally enjoyed reading these other views---

    The views I didn't mind. It was the acrimony that accompanied them that I don't miss.

    And others have already stepped up in some threads. I find myself listening to these new opinions because they're well presented and aren't inflammatory. True discussion seems possible again.
    I don't discuss shit. I troll it.

    Yeah, but you're like the villian in a Disney movie...you're way too adorable to take seriously. icon_lol.gif


    And he knows it too......icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    DudeInNOVA said
    yourname2000 said
    Trollileo said
    yourname2000 said
    Dean_Aane saidI personally enjoyed reading these other views---

    The views I didn't mind. It was the acrimony that accompanied them that I don't miss.

    And others have already stepped up in some threads. I find myself listening to these new opinions because they're well presented and aren't inflammatory. True discussion seems possible again.
    I don't discuss shit. I troll it.

    Yeah, but you're like the villian in a Disney movie...you're way too adorable to take seriously. icon_lol.gif


    And he knows it too......icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    Dallasfan824 said
    turtleneckjock saidI agree. The air is much cleaner around here now.............Let's hope it stays that way...forever!


    I had mexican for dinner so I make no promises.


    I have a can of Glade within arms reach and will use it if necessary!!icon_lol.gif


    I also got a can of Troll away spray with the new mountain woody scent, just in case! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    turtleneckjock said
    Dallasfan824 said
    turtleneckjock saidI agree. The air is much cleaner around here now.............Let's hope it stays that way...forever!


    I had mexican for dinner so I make no promises.


    I have a can of Glade within arms reach and will use it if necessary!!icon_lol.gif


    I also got a can of Troll away spray with the new mountain woody scent, just in case! icon_biggrin.gif


    I like trolls they make the forum fun. icon_wink.gif I need the laugh
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    Sep 19, 2011 7:45 AM GMT
    catfish5 saidIt's nice that you can state your opinion without sustaining a vicious personal attack which follows you to every thread you post.

    I think more people will feel more open to posting instead of just lurking now that the threat of having to fend off incessant personal attacks has been drastically reduced.


    Not true... Rickrick and BELLOO are still here.
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    Sep 19, 2011 8:14 AM GMT
    Dean_Aane saidI personally enjoyed reading these other views---



    DonĀ“t worry, you can find them all here, where they came from in the first place

    http://www.foxnews.com/

    http://biggovernment.com/

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    Sep 19, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    catfish5 said
    It's nice that you can state your opinion without sustaining a vicious personal attack which follows you to every thread you post.

    I think more people will feel more open to posting instead of just lurking now that the threat of having to fend off incessant personal attacks has been drastically reduced.



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    please explain these personal attacks? They were probably attacked first and you got caught up in the middle of it somehow?
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    yourname2000 said
    Trollileo said
    yourname2000 said
    Dean_Aane saidI personally enjoyed reading these other views---

    The views I didn't mind. It was the acrimony that accompanied them that I don't miss.

    And others have already stepped up in some threads. I find myself listening to these new opinions because they're well presented and aren't inflammatory. True discussion seems possible again.
    I don't discuss shit. I troll it.

    Yeah, but you're like the villian in a Disney movie...you're way too adorable to take seriously. icon_lol.gif


    And he knows it too......icon_biggrin.gif


    He does. Of course, I keep telling him so that might have something to do with it.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    PresentMind said
    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !


    Not to sound arrogant or anything, but I would have to say that this is about 75% because of me.

    Actually, you probably noticed the forums begin to glow with life and wonder in May when I first started posting. There were times when I was away for a couple of weeks but managed to bring things back to the nice way they are when I return.

    In closing, you're welcome.
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch said
    PresentMind said
    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !


    Not to sound arrogant or anything, but I would have to say that this is about 75% because of me.

    Actually, you probably noticed the forums begin to glow with life and wonder in May when I first started posting. There were times when I was away for a couple of weeks but managed to bring things back to the nice way they are when I return.

    In closing, you're welcome.


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    Sep 19, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    PresentMind saidIMHO the quality of these forums has improved in the past few days. During the long siege by the perpetual catfighters, the political forums especially were dominated by a half dozen incessant posters who strayed wildly off topic in order to out bitch-slap each other.

    But read for example the forum "Are Unions Necessary?" and you'll see posts from less frequent members. The participation has broadened. That alone makes the forums much more interesting for all of us.

    I also think we're seeing plenty of disagreement and varied political perspectives----without the nastiness.

    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !


    I think after going through a major "troll" phase, most RJ users are tired of petty fighting. Like they don't even find it funny anymore. They're immune and just move on.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
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    PresentMind saidIMHO the quality of these forums has improved in the past few days. During the long siege by the perpetual catfighters, the political forums especially were dominated by a half dozen incessant posters who strayed wildly off topic in order to out bitch-slap each other.

    But read for example the forum "Are Unions Necessary?" and you'll see posts from less frequent members. The participation has broadened. That alone makes the forums much more interesting for all of us.

    I also think we're seeing plenty of disagreement and varied political perspectives----without the nastiness.

    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !


    I think after going through a major "troll" phase, most RJ users are tired of petty fighting. Like they don't even find it funny anymore. They're immune and just move on.


    Yes, and to reiterate what I was saying, I've come in like a breath of fresh air and not skilled in the trollful arts, which explains what you're saying.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidI think after going through a major "troll" phase, most people are tired of petty fighting. Like they don't even find it funny anymore. They're immune and just move on.


    Fixed it for you.

    Not everyone will tire of petty fighting, mind you, but those twits are why we have the "ignore" option on here. That's the best way to NFTT, if you ask me.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    yourname2000 said
    Trollileo said
    yourname2000 said
    Dean_Aane saidI personally enjoyed reading these other views---

    The views I didn't mind. It was the acrimony that accompanied them that I don't miss.

    And others have already stepped up in some threads. I find myself listening to these new opinions because they're well presented and aren't inflammatory. True discussion seems possible again.
    I don't discuss shit. I troll it.

    Yeah, but you're like the villian in a Disney movie...you're way too adorable to take seriously. icon_lol.gif
    Hey. The octopus lady in The Littler Mermaid was a scary cunt. It was probably what turned me gay.


    Oh god... not her... not those flabby extensions of flesh...
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch , please accept the thanks of your grateful nation.

    As one member wrote to me: "I can finally read these forums to learn about the topic."

    The Problem, IMHO, was the 'private fight' going on here. For some with loads of time on their hands, enough to follow the soap opera of hurt feelings.....this was entertainment.

    But for members with active lives and real world experiences, who IMHO offer the most insightful commentary, the soap opera wasn't worth following.....and they didn't choose to waste their comments in such an arena.

    The best forums have lots of voices and very little agenda. I love to see 'Opinions in Progress' rather than the unyielding ones. The forums are a good way for each of us to 'think out loud', something valuable for mental health.
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    Sep 19, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    There are quite a few ways I would change the forum to be optimized for people who don't have a lot of time. Easier ways that changing attitudes! But I see what you mean.

    Since it is the internet and there will always be new trolls and n00bs and shortfuses, the best we can hope for is a long break before the next wave.
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidThere are quite a few ways I would change the forum to be optimized for people who don't have a lot of time. Easier ways that changing attitudes! But I see what you mean.

    Since it is the internet and there will always be new trolls and n00bs and shortfuses, the best we can hope for is a long break before the next wave.


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    Sep 19, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
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    catfish5 saidIt's nice that you can state your opinion without sustaining a vicious personal attack which follows you to every thread you post.

    I think more people will feel more open to posting instead of just lurking now that the threat of having to fend off incessant personal attacks has been drastically reduced.


    Not true... Rickrick and BELLOO are still here.





    LOL!
    You attack me - for launching attacks!
    Fucking hilarious.

    Can't you see how hypocritical and silly that is?
    Are you that blind?

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    Sep 19, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    JakeBenson said
    PresentMind saidIMHO the quality of these forums has improved in the past few days. During the long siege by the perpetual catfighters, the political forums especially were dominated by a half dozen incessant posters who strayed wildly off topic in order to out bitch-slap each other.

    But read for example the forum "Are Unions Necessary?" and you'll see posts from less frequent members. The participation has broadened. That alone makes the forums much more interesting for all of us.

    I also think we're seeing plenty of disagreement and varied political perspectives----without the nastiness.

    Ahhhh, it feels good. THANK YOU GUYS for making these forums interesting again !


    I think after going through a major "troll" phase, most RJ users are tired of petty fighting. Like they don't even find it funny anymore. They're immune and just move on.




    In the spirit of peace love and harmony, I'd like to compliment you on your new profile pic.