madmatt wrote:"Threads that are irrelevant and receive no responses quickly sink to the bottom."
Herein lies the paradox. The discussion board is brutally democratic, so, bluntly, if you don't like it get out.
The core premise here, that the board is brutally democratic, points out the importance of the "electorate" of the board. If that electorate were mostly mental pre-adolescents, as you might find in a grade school, it's easy to see how nutritious, but to kids not necessarily entertaining, topics might sink out of view. As an adult visiting that board, (one hopes) you would likely become bored very quickly and move on. If it were your job/project/thesis involved monitoring that board, work it would be indeed.
madmatt wrote:I don't like some stuff, like the negativity, but the only real way to deal with someone on the board you think is a complete idiotassholemysoginistracistfuckfacepessimist is to ignore them....The only reason for their input is to enjoy everyone getting riled up, all becuase of them.
Interesting that everyone focuses on the negativity, the trolls, the name-calling, etc. I flamed Chimp because he irritated me and because I thought he was a troll, and I still do. But now I see that I'd rather be irritated than just plain bored, and so much of what's left of this board is just plain boring.
madmatt wrote:As for negativity, I would define it as there being a persistent level of skepticism, pessimism, rudeness, sarcasm, etc. without a hint of good natured joking (no hint hint nudge nudge, you know I don't really hate you right?)
The downside of it is, it turns off newcomers to the board very quickly, unless they are like minded or thickskinned.
The definition isn't unreasonable, and it's clear that <u>some</u> newcomers are put off by it. That isn't all bad, however, here or on the playa. In universities one learns (at higher levels of discourse) the adversarial approach to testing arguments, and a thick skin there can make the difference between graduating or not. BM attendees should also know that the desert tests you, physically and emotionally, and that's part of what keeps it interesting.
The best a weak ego can hope for is to be tip-toed around, and to must of the "Old Hats" here that would be an insult. And for me, if I'm not being tested in some way, there's a good chance that I'm just being bored.
I am my own sock puppet.