QUOTE(JP Cusick @ Oct 18 2011, 01:23 AM)
QUOTE(Paladin Elspeth @ Oct 17 2011, 02:55 PM)
We've all abided by the rules and waited a while before being able to post our own threads. It's no big deal. It gives us a chance to first get to know each other a little in other threads. In the past there have been posters who joined us for no reason but to ride their own hobby horse, only to flame out in a very short time.
I hope you will see fit to join us in discussions besides the one that comprises your platform. Candidates who sound well-informed on a variety of subjects tend to gain the confidence of would-be supporters. On the other hand, one-subject politicians, although they may gain temporary attention ("The rent is too damn high!") tend to become a flash in the pan.
It turns out that I too am one of those ride my "own hobby horse" and my flame here has indeed run out.
That's your own choice, though - a thread was started on your behalf by a sympathetic poster, and you posted on it precisely twice, and on neither occasion did you engage with any of the other posters on the thread. Politics and debate is not things that happen simply by each person taking turns to articulate their own point of view without reference to anyone else, you have to engage with ideas other than your own, if only to attempt to refute them.
I still get email notifications if anyone wants to post on here but there is no reason for me to stay here.
I am active on many Internet forums and I do not participate on any subject just to debate and debate without purpose or conclusion.
Then, for the sake of your own sanity, do not stand for elected office. If you become a Senator, and the only thing you ever talk about in the Senate is child support laws, your constituents aren't going to be very happy with the way you're representing them, are they?
And it really makes no sense to me that you or this forum or anyone to not want any short term participation or single subject members because that is a significant part of humanity.
wanted to involve the entirety of humanity? We aim be the best
in internet political debate, not the most popular.
Obeying rules is a far different virtue rather than paranoid restrictions. This forum can act like a privileged private Country Club since it appears that way, and so be it.
You say you post on many other debate sites, so you'll know that the vast majority of them either have no rules or they're enforced quixotically by partisan moderation. We're not like that here. Our rules do treat posting here as a privilege, it's true - that's why you have to earn the right to be able to open your own debate topics by the simple expedient of posting within the rules and - crucially - the Survival Guide
for a while. If you haven't already read the Survival Guide I strongly suggest you do so.
We're not paranoid here either - we
don't think anyone is trying to prevent us saying what we want to say. Nobody here is preventing you
from doing that either - you've posted freely without being prevented from doing so, having your posts removed or edited to toe some ideological line or other.
The definition of paranoia is the belief in a person that other people are "out to get" them with little or no real evidence to support that view. So all I'd ask is - who is it who's paranoid?
It is time for me to move on, but I will still reply here if any one wants to talk to me as a lone ranger, and as me being one of those kind of persons that are not wanted here.
We want contributors to engage with other participants in civil and constructive debate. If you don't think you fit that mould, or you don't want to fit it, then you're right, you probably aren't suited to but it's you that's making the choice not to be active here, not us telling you you can't be