Out with the old, in with the new?

Out with the old, in with the new?

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“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#1 Aug 12, 2012
Has anyone here considered that some of the discussions that have been running for years now may have run their course and that they may take too much attention away from new discussions of fresher topics? Has anyone thought of abandoning them? Anyone tired of endlessly rehashing the same old arguments?

There's got to be something we can do to put some real life back into this forum.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#2 Aug 12, 2012
I wish.

As we have noted, it is next to impossible to maintain a civil conversation for very long in any thread.

I recently created a thread for posting favorite quotes from famous freethinkers. Guess what ... even a lot of the posts I'm see in that thread are just more of the same "me, me, me" stuff instead of posting quotes.

Based on results, most people are just on here to practice bashing other people. Maybe they are using this as a way to vent, I don't know. I hope that's it, because I'd hate to think people really act this way to each other outside these threads.

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#3 Aug 12, 2012
There are about 4 or 5 threads that are always at the top of Forum list that each have a few thousand responses. I quit reading them several months ago, because it's the same-o, same-o from the same regulars on each side of the arguments.

Now, I only read the newer threads and then follow them only for a few weeks at the most, because by that time they will have devolved into that same-o, same-o.

Hamilton, UK

#4 Aug 12, 2012
Me too, Mr D.
This forum needs new blood.
Good contributors here, but I'm only here when there's ads on the TV!
(When I read 'out with the old' I thought it meant me :)

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#5 Aug 12, 2012
The tracker is probably part of the problem--it keeps people posting back and forth long after any real ideas have been discussed. My approach is to turn off the tracker when a thread has degenerated to pissing contests. But I am often way too slow in doing that.

Hamilton, UK

#6 Aug 13, 2012
I sometimes look to see if there are new contributors with original comments and try to understand their thinking or motivations. So I tend to drift in and out of those long threads.

That is one reason for repetition in my posts. I'm attempting to offer the same point or info in the presence of new contributors. Doesn't help us regulars though.

I follow the cases of atheists being prosecuted around the world (e.g Indonesia, Greece) and often think this is a good forum in which to highlight those. It's not engrossing but it serves some purposes.

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