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  • ohtwenty

    I think elsewhere there's just no hope for discussion if you post negative things. Here at least your comments stay visible; not so much for posts. So there seems to be at least the ability to talk about it if it happens. But it happens so rarely that it's pretty much a non-issue, which is definitely a welcome break.

    I really do appreciate the higher quality of posts and discussions here; I just wish there were more discussions. I try to start discussions sometimes by writing what I thought about an article, and then throwing some questions that I got because of that, but usually to no replies, but a few upvotes. Which is nice I guess in that people recognise that I said something, but a bummer because I'd rather have it turn into a conversation, instead of just being affirmed in my own thoughts.

    • AdelleChattre (edited 1 year ago)

      there’s just no hope for discussion if you post negative things.

      So you’re telling me you don’t sort all your Reddit results by “Controversial.”

      but usually to no replies

      If the straightforward approach isn’t working, maybe it’s time to use guile and deceit. Adopt positions meant to draw easily-made responses. Set up gags with punchlines you know are going to occur to large fractions of the people reading. Roleplay that one most aggravating person at every holiday family dinner that likes to bring up contentious issues in sports, religion and politics before having their second drink.

      I’d rather have it turn into a conversation

      Seems to me you’ve got the right idea. The conversation is the ultimate goal. You’re not bad at it, but a lot of us here are.

      If you find yourself making comments that nobody could reply to, say they’re dripping with absolutist moral judgments or soaked in so much sarcasm that anyone reading them runs into Poe’s Law, you’re not looking for conversation. You know, like saying “But both parties are the same!” or that kind of thing. Watch out if, in wanting to make a comment, all you’re doing is trolling. That’s an even bigger worry when, truth be told, you don’t know anything about the subject other than how to be odious about it.

      You, on the other hand, ’re a tall, cool refreshing glass of water. Stick around, we could use more like you around here.