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Posted 6/22/15
I find I agree with quite a few posters, which is interesting because the percentage of people who talk about being reasonable in this thread does not match the amount of people who are reasonable in heated discussions on many platforms. Probably a bit of a self-selected bias as someone who isn't reasonable is unlikely to respond to this thread saying "I love being a jerk in heated discussions!"

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How do you respond/react to heated topics?
It depends on how many and what kind of responses already exist. If I'm the first few people to the topic I'll take it seriously and write a good answer. If a fair number have been before me (3-5 pages) I'll skim to see if my point has already been made and if it has, move on. If there are pages and pages and pages of discussion I don't even click into it because there's no way my point of view isn't already represented. 5 pages I'm hesitant, 10 pages I don't bother.

Why do you respond that way?
Threads in a forum have a shelf life, especially debate threads. Only a few people can really participate in the discussion while the rest tend to have one-off answers that no one really reads or responds to. Its not worth my time if I don't stand a chance of being part of the discussion. If I just wanted to write down my views I'd use a journal. Additionally, most topics have a pattern that repeats. Some debates I've participated in so many times that I can recognize canned arguments by the keywords. Additionally I've become very familiar with the use and abuse of logical fallacies + debate tactics so often I find it is not particularly challenging and often a little bit unfair to participate with people extremely below my experience level. It is far better to step back and let someone else gain the experience. Alternatively I will sometimes jump to the defense of someone trying to make good points and getting hammered by people far outside their experience level.

How do you feel about them?
Mixed feelings. I really like seeing people challenge each other, learn, and grow. I really dislike shouting matches, ad hominems, and talking points. Hot topics tend to be a little bit of both. I also have become a bit sensitive to some topics and avoid them entirely even if the thread has only two posts in it.
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Posted 6/22/15
I wouldn't respond to any of those topics because I know i'll get backlash and I dont feel like having a huge debate over it on the internet.
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If it's something controversial then I just presume the original post and all replies are trolls.
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