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Posted 4/8/15 , edited 4/25/15
How do you react to seeing controversial forum posts or threads, where people are just looking to start an argument of throw bait to get their thread going?

Do you dive into the flame wars and join the arguments?
Or do you avoid them and hope they go unnoticed/die slowly?

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Don't get involved in controversial threads, just stay away no matter how tempting they may be.


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I just pick the things that are right in my alley. I rarely shoot over the fences.

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I like to read through them until they annoy me. I then leave the thread, and forget it exists until it's in the "General Discussion" menu again on the home screen.
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There seems to be quite a bit of that going on lately, what happened to the forums? Back when there was "Extended Discussion" I don't remember it being that bad. I don't mind discussions on controversial subjects, but some topics seems to be purposely used as bait for starting arguments.
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General Discussion and Extended Discussion probably shouldn't have ever been merged. Now political arguments are way too front and center. It used to be a lot of "OMG HOW DO I GET A GUY TO LIK ME???" sort of BS threads
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Depends on whats posted. Its quite easy to tell what is a legitimate discussion and whats a shitpost. Occasional something thats obviously a shitpost offers interesting discussion and Ill join in.
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I usually completely avoid the topic. I have learned if I stay too long lurking/posting I'll eventually get upset lol
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It wouldn't be so bad if many of responses were not so glaringly bias and verbose. I understand the desire to "win" an argument, but trying to overwhelm the recipient with massive walls of text and two-dollar words is silly. The nitpicking isn't necessary, either: "I noticed you didn't go into an excessive amount of explanation about one of your points, and I absolutely refuse to rely upon my own common sense to figure it out!" This is especially obnoxious when it comes to exceptions. We all know there are exceptions to practically everything in existence. Must we all waste time reminding ourselves of them? Can't they just be a given and continue on? For example, if I typed that the life expectancy of an American was around 80 years, I don't need someone else going, "But what about those people who live over a hundred years?!" We know that's a possibility. Quit using it to derail the point in a poor attempt to discredit my side of the debate. Also, I like pizza.
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Start any topic you'd like within CR's guidelines.No one is being forced to participate.
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Posted 4/8/15 , edited 4/8/15
I usually participate but I'll consider the topic and my interests as well.

There's nothing wrong with the topic. The problem is that people often don't know how to debate without attacking others.

That being said, the CR forums have relatively few flamethrowers compared to most other forums I've been to. That's why I've stayed for so long. If you don't like the topic, you're not being forced to respond or read so your complaint will probably mean little. I'm not looking to get into another figforum where people voted to ban controversial topics because people "feel bad" when confronted with controversial topics and when discussing their diverging opinions.
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Posted 4/8/15 , edited 4/8/15
My middle name is not controversial, but it would be awesome if it was. Back to the point. I sometimes post a cheeky comment on thread I don't like and leave it as that.

Juppiter wrote:

It wouldn't be so bad if many of responses were not so glaringly bias and verbose. I understand the desire to "win" an argument, but trying to overwhelm the recipient with massive walls of text and two-dollar words is silly. The nitpicking isn't necessary, either: "I noticed you didn't go into an excessive amount of explanation about one of your points, and I absolutely refuse to rely upon my own common sense to figure it out!" This is especially obnoxious when it comes to exceptions. We all know there are exceptions to practically everything in existence. Must we all waste time reminding ourselves of them? Can't they just be a given and continue on? For example, if I typed that the life expectancy of an American was around 80 years, I don't need someone else going, "But what about those people who live over a hundred years?!" We know that's a possibility. Quit using it to derail the point in a poor attempt to discredit my side of the debate. Also, I like pizza.
this reminds of old spice.
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