Thanks, Gray Seal, back at yah.
It's interesting to me what has happened with social media since this little debate forum first started.
I think we have an unusual vantage point in that regard.
Think about how different things were then.
We didn't have youtube or Facebook. Blogs were very very new and few in number.
With the onset of social media, confirmation bias "safe zones" became more frequent.
Now it seems like most other forum these days becomes a confirmation bias echo chamber in short time (if it didn't start out that way already).
In my experience, this is true even in places that pat each other on the back and speak of their even-handedness.
Elsewhere, over time (from my personal observation), people either begin to fear disagreement and considered discussion (they don't want to be ousted from the group they've invested time into) or they're drowned out by the masses of unconstructive "neer" posts.
Mike and Jaime were very forward thinking people when they started this site and came up with a set of Rules
. It's like they saw into the future of when internet forum discussion/social media would become. But of course, their method requires a lot more oversight, which is a limiting factor.