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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134145 on: May 30, 2018, 11:16:14 pm »

Just kidding.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134146 on: May 30, 2018, 11:19:21 pm »

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134147 on: May 30, 2018, 11:31:57 pm »

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134148 on: May 31, 2018, 12:10:15 am »

In my opinion, the only reason this thread has not devolved into a flame war is because everybody who would have started one has been banned already
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134149 on: May 31, 2018, 12:16:29 am »

I think part of it is that the forum over-represents people with more developed reasoning abilities, that are less likely to resort to ad-hominems and baseless accusations as if they were arguments.

That is to say, the population here has a genuine desire to know and understand things not normally represented in other internet communities, and the genuine desire results in more constructive dialog when there is a conflict of agreement. When confronted with a dissenting view, we tend to want to know WHY the person has it.



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Say what?  Is this a purposeful Godwin or what?


Do you have a pet one or something?
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134150 on: May 31, 2018, 12:41:57 am »

I think part of it is that the forum over-represents people with more developed reasoning abilities, that are less likely to resort to ad-hominems and baseless accusations as if they were arguments.

That is to say, the population here has a genuine desire to know and understand things not normally represented in other internet communities, and the genuine desire results in more constructive dialog when there is a conflict of agreement. When confronted with a dissenting view, we tend to want to know WHY the person has it.
There's also the fact that most of the forum leans toward the liberal. You could argue that big fights happen less because people generally agree on the main points and only debate the lesser facets of them. You could also argue that liberals are more likely to want to hear about the opposing viewpoint, so it all goes down to a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Another thing forumgoers have in common is playing Dwarf Fortress, a game with a notoriously steep learning curve, so people are clearly willing to learn and seek knowledge. This is conjecture, of course.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134151 on: May 31, 2018, 12:43:14 am »

you're conjecture
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134152 on: May 31, 2018, 12:49:19 am »

Cogito, ergo sum. I definitely exist...or wait... it's a circular argument, isn't it? Sum, ergo cogito? *vanishes in a puff of logic*
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134153 on: May 31, 2018, 01:03:32 am »

New WTF: one of my favourite GMs turns out to be... kind of a massive twat. :'(

You think you know a person and then they just turn around and get all problematic on ya. :D
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134154 on: May 31, 2018, 02:12:12 am »

I think part of it is that the forum over-represents people with more developed reasoning abilities, that are less likely to resort to ad-hominems and baseless accusations as if they were arguments.

That is to say, the population here has a genuine desire to know and understand things not normally represented in other internet communities, and the genuine desire results in more constructive dialog when there is a conflict of agreement. When confronted with a dissenting view, we tend to want to know WHY the person has it.
There's also the fact that most of the forum leans toward the liberal. You could argue that big fights happen less because people generally agree on the main points and only debate the lesser facets of them. You could also argue that liberals are more likely to want to hear about the opposing viewpoint, so it all goes down to a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Another thing forumgoers have in common is playing Dwarf Fortress, a game with a notoriously steep learning curve, so people are clearly willing to learn and seek knowledge. This is conjecture, of course.

We don't bother with ad hominem arguments; your face does that to itself. :P
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134155 on: May 31, 2018, 02:19:59 am »

I think part of it is that the forum over-represents people with more developed reasoning abilities, that are less likely to resort to ad-hominems and baseless accusations as if they were arguments.

That is to say, the population here has a genuine desire to know and understand things not normally represented in other internet communities, and the genuine desire results in more constructive dialog when there is a conflict of agreement. When confronted with a dissenting view, we tend to want to know WHY the person has it.
There's also the fact that most of the forum leans toward the liberal. You could argue that big fights happen less because people generally agree on the main points and only debate the lesser facets of them. You could also argue that liberals are more likely to want to hear about the opposing viewpoint, so it all goes down to a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Another thing forumgoers have in common is playing Dwarf Fortress, a game with a notoriously steep learning curve, so people are clearly willing to learn and seek knowledge. This is conjecture, of course.

We don't bother with ad hominem arguments; your face does that to itself. :P

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134156 on: May 31, 2018, 02:38:40 am »

In my opinion, the only reason this thread has not devolved into a flame war is because everybody who would have started one has been banned already
Strict moderation + low influx of new people = quiet and civilized forum.

I think part of it is that the forum over-represents people with more developed reasoning abilities, that are less likely to resort to ad-hominems and baseless accusations as if they were arguments.

That is to say, the population here has a genuine desire to know and understand things not normally represented in other internet communities, and the genuine desire results in more constructive dialog when there is a conflict of agreement. When confronted with a dissenting view, we tend to want to know WHY the person has it.
There's also the fact that most of the forum leans toward the liberal. You could argue that big fights happen less because people generally agree on the main points and only debate the lesser facets of them. You could also argue that liberals are more likely to want to hear about the opposing viewpoint, so it all goes down to a chicken-or-egg dilemma. Another thing forumgoers have in common is playing Dwarf Fortress, a game with a notoriously steep learning curve, so people are clearly willing to learn and seek knowledge. This is conjecture, of course.

We don't bother with ad hominem arguments; your face does that to itself. :P

I can be pretty too, god damnit!

*Sobs!*

(lolol, that's about the least effective insult to attempt on me. I dont care to be attractive, because I am not trying to attract a mate. Like-- AT ALL.)
Same. I trip people up with that a lot. I fought many 10-year-olds on Reddit.
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« Reply #134157 on: May 31, 2018, 03:45:37 am »

This might be anecdotal on my part, but I think the internet as a whole might be getting more mature and intelligent on average. There's quite a lot of good Youtube comments sections for example, though I'm sure I'll be doubly proven wrong.
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« Reply #134158 on: May 31, 2018, 04:27:39 am »

Maybe that process will be even faster if most forums would start banning immature people en masse. The internet will be pure at least. Outside of dedicated child sites, of course.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #134159 on: May 31, 2018, 06:42:41 am »

This might be anecdotal on my part, but I think the internet as a whole might be getting more mature and intelligent on average. There's quite a lot of good Youtube comments sections for example, though I'm sure I'll be doubly proven wrong.
I think it's more just that we've gotten more used to it. Folks who have been using the internet long enough to remember what it was like in the "bad old days" have adapted to suit the monster. It's a combination of our changing into personalities that are more comfortable with the shit, and automatically filtering out the other shit that we don't want to deal with.


Also, Bay12 may have a lower incidence rate of flame wars, but holy hell do we have a lot of smugness and feelings of superiority... It's not quite SA, but still.
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