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Put your hands up if you are tired of all the negativity in the forum

  1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    I'm trying to stay out of the political forum until at least after Christmas. I am also resolving to not give in to negativity in the new year. Life is much too short for fussing and fighting my friend... Now if only I could block seeing the topic headings.

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds like a good idea for all of us.  It's not the season for negativity, not with Santa watching us! smile

      1. gmwilliams profile image83
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ten thousand applauses.    Life is indeed too short and there are so many more taxing issues in the world such as homelessness, unemployment, abused children, and hungry people througout the world and in  the United States to be thinking about this.   To each his/her own as long as no one gets hurt in the process.

      2. midget38 profile image90
        midget38posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree!

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image91
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree, but it isn't just the forums where you see this type of thing.  Once in awhile comments can get pretty nasty, too!  What a waste of time for all involved!

    3. LiamBean profile image89
      LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      What about the war on Christmas? smile

      1. Joseph041167 profile image60
        Joseph041167posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        @LiamBean- I am an Atheist who celebrates Christmas, not warring Christmas, I have no problem with that or Yule. I would prefer that it stay off of gov't property. I just have too many other more important issues on my plate. If you have relationships and money, then, holidays are wonderful, I am all bah humbug for entirely differant reasons. There is nothing wrong with pretty colors, lights, songs, and Santa Clause. It does not matter what religion or culture you belong to, this is global. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and all, Happy Yule, and New Years, and peace out.

        1. ritsukakunx profile image66
          ritsukakunxposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I agree. You have to remember other cultures celebrate Christmas, too, even though that aren't predominately Christian! I believe it is more than just a religious holiday, at least to a lot of people! Christmas is a time of year for everyone who wants to celebrate it!

          1. A Thousand Words profile image80
            A Thousand Wordsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Agreed. I'm no christian but I love me some Christmas. I here Jesus was born some time in the fall anyway. wink

    4. profile image70
      logic,commonsenseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You should have been here before the election!
      The hatred and negativity for Romney was off the charts!

      1. LiamBean profile image89
        LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        For Romney? How about Barack Obama?

        Sometimes I think we are on the verge of a whole new civil war, except the word "civil" should probably be excluded because some posters are anything but.

        I've participated in some really good debates, but it only takes one cretin to ruin the whole thing. These forums would be much better served if the person who starts the topic had the power to remove derogatory content.

        1. Repairguy47 profile image60
          Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Civil war, hmm. Maybe.

        2. stayingalivemoma profile image89
          stayingalivemomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I totally agree with you Liam.

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            Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Which is why I wrote the series Civil War 2012... smile

    5. profile image0
      Kathryn LJposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Rise above it all uninvited.  Some people just like to spread their nastiness and negativity.  Sometimes, it seems, that all the fun of hub pages just gets sucked out by a few miserable so and so's.  But there are plenty of really funny talented people out there.  And of course Mark Knowles who cracks me up, no matter how negative he gets. big_smile

    6. snakeslane profile image81
      snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      http://s4.hubimg.com/u/5417243_f248.jpg

    7. rfmoran profile image92
      rfmoranposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      My hand's up, can you see it? I agree. I think political battles are wonderful, but not on HP, which is designed as a "community." There are endless forums on the Internet where you can slug it out with your opponents to your heart's content.

    8. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. I try to avoid negativity, but I don't always succeed, especially when responding to certain political trolls.

    9. HattieMattieMae profile image67
      HattieMattieMaeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly why I left the forums a year ago! To much negativity and rather be around more positive people. smile

    10. A Troubled Man profile image61
      A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Perhaps, you're not seeing it as a wonderful opportunity to laugh at those who are fighting and fussing over politics. Sometimes, one can pretend they're just talking a stroll through Hyde Park, if you get my drift. wink

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Many would fit right into Speakers Corner smile

        1. A Troubled Man profile image61
          A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Exactly. Highly entertaining. A laugh a minute.

    11. wba108@yahoo.com profile image83
      wba108@yahoo.composted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think almost all of can agree with you! Of course its human nature to see ourselves with rose colored glasses and see the faults of others with magnifying glasses!

    12. ahorseback profile image46
      ahorsebackposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Good idea uninvitedwriter , seeings how most of the negativety is yours!

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        That is not true, please list negative threads I have started...  Boy, you always attack when anyone disagrees with you on another thread don't you?

        But, I'm not playing into the negativity you and repairguy have brought to this thread. And the others. I will still be as positive as I can today, despite the terrible shooting that happened.

      2. snakeslane profile image81
        snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I beg to differ. I've always found Uninvited Writer to be helpful and courteous.

        1. kathleenkat profile image89
          kathleenkatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Helpful? I don't know how anyone is particularly helpful in these forums, outside of forum sections intended for users to get help about writing hubs.

          I don't see how engaging in meaningless discussion and debates is at all helpful. If you post a topic about something, and someone posts and opinion, whether in agreement or disagreement, it's not helpful. The only thing I can see as remotely being helpful is perhaps entertaining us for five or so minutes. And the posts that disagree? Why even bother? In all likelihood, it pisses off the topic-starter. Best case scenario, it gets ignored. Likely scenario? It fuels the fire of debate.

          So no, these forums and their users aren't "helpful." In fact, here I am, fueling the fire of debate. Awesome. But these "helpful" comments is what fuels the negativity here.

          Perhaps people need to be more mindful of how there is no need to share your opinion just because you happen to have one. It doesn't matter how "courteous" you are with what you say to people, it can (and will) still piss them off. Some people come on here just to vent, and it doesn't matter how nicely (or rudely) you say something; you're still saying it.

          Lets all go outside and play.

        2. Ralph Deeds profile image70
          Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Me, too. I can only think of someone else even more so the esteemed, gentlemanly Quilligrapher.

          1. snakeslane profile image81
            snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks, I looked him up, and I see why he would be so well regarded. Will watch for his posts.

            1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
              Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              She smile

              1. snakeslane profile image81
                snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Quilligrapher is a woman? Sorry Q. ed: Nope, that's not it.
                OK, I think I see where the confusion is coming from UW, another poster earlier referred to You as a 'he', now with this comment tagged on to my previous comment, looks like I was referring to you. The ink is so light on the 'replied to' section, hard to see.

                1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
                  Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Oops, sorry. I thought you were talking about me smile Lol. what an ego I must have smile

                  1. snakeslane profile image81
                    snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Hey, maybe not ego. Ralph Deeds put you in the same esteemed company as Quilligrapher earlier in the thread.Enjoy!

      3. A Troubled Man profile image61
        A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        That is entirely false and you know it.

    13. Jenn-Anne profile image91
      Jenn-Anneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I wish we could filter the forums so we only see the topics we want to see. I would ALWAYS filter out the religious and political forums. I find many of the topic headings to be offensive. I respect that people are free to say and discuss what they wish. I'd just prefer not to have to see it.

    14. tandaa profile image80
      tandaaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Can you imagine how life would be if everything and everyone around us was all positive?

    15. Don Fairchild profile image85
      Don Fairchildposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Good heavens, did everyone miss the title of this post?  Why does it always have to revert to something negative.  Oh and yes the posting author can "deny" a response on their question if they want to, I have done it when the reply was off content or offensive.

      Now then on to pleasantries,  lately the only shows watched on TV are comedies or Christmas singing and stories,  sports are a good choice too.   
      We are back to reading books and magazines that promote art or hobbies,  my latest hobby being beer making is quite refreshing...
      When friends or relatives ask about what is going on with the government, just like in the 1950's and 60's we just state that we don't talk about politics or religion.  But we have some good food recipes to discuss.

      So, have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, also note any cynical postings will be ignored and deleted.

  2. austinhealy profile image86
    austinhealyposted 4 years ago

    I have been on Hubpages only for a few months. At the beginning, I was willing to jump in pretty much any kind of debate, especially those on topics that sometimes infuriated me. I guess with time I have acquired some badly needed wisdom, as I have come to the conclusion that debating, like any other human activity, is not for everybody. It takes a special open mind to tolerate that others might think differently (and accept it!). It takes humility to recognise that whatever our opinion might be on anything, we may ultimately be wrong. It takes vision to accept that some subjects will not be resolved in our lifetime, if ever (hunger, poverty, religion, abortion, etc...) So, I restrained myself, and it wasn't easy. As much as the world and its people interest me, I have become more selective with what I wish to debate about and who I want to do it with. There are enough people on a mission here on HP, and I am not and will not be one of them. But in the end, and concentrating on the positivity, this is a great community of all kinds of writers whose creativity and talent never ceases to amaze me. So as Wilderness righfully pointed out, Santa is watching and we don't want to find nothing under the tree on Christmas morning, so we better behave! Happy Holidays to all in the Hubpages community.

    1. Kaili Bisson profile image98
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So well put  :-)

      1. austinhealy profile image86
        austinhealyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you Kaili. As you may have noticed, this thread, which started very mildly and on a positive note has already veered into the gutter. Hopeless!

    2. stayingalivemoma profile image89
      stayingalivemomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Amen to that, austinhealy!

  3. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 4 years ago

    I have said this before:

    It would be good if Hub Pages would put the more volatile and personal topics, like politics and religion  out of the main feed! The other negative posts, especially complaints about Hub Pages, are part of a healthy forum. They at least address topics that apply to business here.

    1. profile image0
      Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They actually need to be abolished completely. I suspect that the only reason they keep them is to keep the forums active because that affects the traffic in some ways.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      +1

  4. tammybarnette profile image60
    tammybarnetteposted 4 years ago

    I agree UW, It is high time to let positive thoughts, love and encouragement be the rule! I have learned from many in which I disagree, but we can learn nothing from one another when close-minded hate speech rules the forums. Negativity never leads to progress or solutions.

    1. Repairguy47 profile image60
      Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      What do you consider hate speech?

      1. tammybarnette profile image60
        tammybarnetteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hate speech is fighting and calling names, acting like a child, offering no proof or solutions, only creating negative energy...Stating negative, biased opinions and representing such as facts,etc, etc....I have seen a lot of that, but mostly during the election.

        1. Repairguy47 profile image60
          Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thats what I thought you would say, anything you disagree with is hate speech.

          1. tammybarnette profile image60
            tammybarnetteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            No, completely untrue...I can have disagreements with people and still learn from them. I do not believe I know everything there is to know, nor ever will, and I enjoy the journey of learning along the way...I am also able to disagree with someone by using facts and never stuping to being hateful, or calling names:)

            1. Repairguy47 profile image60
              Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Like your fact concerning bank deregulation?

              1. tammybarnette profile image60
                tammybarnetteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Check back on the other forum where you can read that answer...

                1. Repairguy47 profile image60
                  Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I already know the answer.

              2. Hollie Thomas profile image62
                Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                You could learn something from Tammy, Repairguy. She never launches insults, she's too bright to label a whole bunch of people as either libs, or repubs- She's a thinker, often underestimates herself whilst giving the benefit of the doubt to people who couldn't lay a glove on her intellectually. And then, she gets chased by uneducated, foolish trolls who work for 50c a post.

                Still, sure you know that anyway.

                1. tammybarnette profile image60
                  tammybarnetteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  smile

          2. LiamBean profile image89
            LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Repairguy47: What she's is basically saying is telling lies and calling people names for insisting on the truth. So yes, in that she disagrees with lies and childish behavior and calls that hate speech.

            I have a simpler definition. Presenting yourself as better than others based on your gender, skin color, or political affiliation OR promoting denying others the very rights you have based on these three conditions, and expressing your views as right or fact, makes you a hate speaker.

            Now I've read your posts before Repairguy so I already knew you met this definition.

            1. Repairguy47 profile image60
              Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              How hateful and negative of you! lollollollollollol Way to raise the dialogue to a higher standard! Typical.

              1. profile image0
                Kathryn LJposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Yawn.  This is a thread about being tired of negativity. Yawn, either your being a bit horrid or I've just developed narcolepsy.

              2. LiamBean profile image89
                LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                You've been here sixteen months and written precisely one hub. Since you are obviously not a writer I have to ask; why are you here?

                My guess is to stir up excrement since you spend so much of your time doing that.

                1. profile image0
                  Kathryn LJposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  How many repairguys does it take to change a light bulb? big_smile big_smile

                  1. LiamBean profile image89
                    LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I'm quite certain Repairguy47 is a proficient professional. In many ways however, he's no better than the caged primate in the monkey house, flinging excrement out of anger and boredom.

                  2. Hollie Thomas profile image62
                    Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    They'd have to work out what a light bulb is first! lol

                2. austinhealy profile image86
                  austinhealyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Ouch! smile

                  1. austinhealy profile image86
                    austinhealyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Unfortunately, not attacking others will not allways prevent some others from attacking you, as the problem doesn't lie with responsible, open minded people, bust most often with self righteous, narrow minded individuals.

                3. stayingalivemoma profile image89
                  stayingalivemomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  You guessed it Liam - too busy not writing because of always sleezing through the forums looking to start a fight. I know from experience. Trust me, he's not worth the effort of punching the keys on your keyboard.

                4. A Thousand Words profile image80
                  A Thousand Wordsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  +1

      2. Joseph041167 profile image60
        Joseph041167posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        @repairguy47--any liberal democrate who follows Obama. wink lol!! you asked what do i consider hate speech, lol, wink

  5. Li Galo profile image87
    Li Galoposted 4 years ago

    I prefer to voice my thoughts without attacking others.  I think respect is the name of the game.  If someone is unhappy or needs guidance with HP and there's a real issue, that's worth discussing and addressing.  If it's just a personal political fight, that belongs elsewhere and hurts the community when it's here in the main feed.  I like to be positive minded.

  6. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 4 years ago

    This be one of those days, I wish I was an octopus lol I'd raise all eight 'hands' in support. I hope you have some awesome and safe Holidays too smile

    1. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I like respect for fellow hubbers and great discussions with acceptance of all opinions.

  7. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    I would raise my hand, but I need both to type my scathing rebuttals.
    lol
    Seriously, philosophically I totally agree with you, UW.
    Civility and kindness are great goals for all in 2013.
    Practically speaking, if you withdraw, there goes 60 percent of our argument!
    Pleez... don't leave us! We need you!!!!
    smile

  8. profile image0
    Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago

    What I did on G+ today was create a futurist community for a post-labor economy. It comprises futurists, social scientists, and people who aren't so interested in politics and whose side is where. It's a whole new ball game - and it works!

  9. kathleenkat profile image89
    kathleenkatposted 4 years ago

    That's why I kind of quit. I'll log into this site a couple times a week to check my articles, but that's it.

    The forums drove me away. Too easy to get pissed off or be pissed off at others.

    Then I was banned randomly for 3 days, and a week later I managed to get a vague response from staff saying it was a "personal attack," though no indication as to what post was particularly "against the rules" (I don't recall intending to 'personally attack' anyone, by the way).

    So yeah, negativity in the forums, plus the staff, drove me away. Funny how I managed to stay at a "90" with such little activity over the past weeks, too >_>

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      See?  I'd like to put this post under the noses of staff to demonstrate why the HubPages-related forums should be separated from the Topic forums.  When I first joined HubPages, they were separate and I enjoyed the forums blissfully unaware of the political and religious sections. 

      Today, even though I've made a resolution not to visit them, the threads are so "in your face" it's sometimes hard to resist the temptation - and I always regret it.  I wish there was an easy way to block them out.

      1. kathleenkat profile image89
        kathleenkatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah. I made it a point to ignore my feed all together, and 'unsubscribe' from all forum posts. I just logged in, checked the right side for new comments, and left.

        This forum topic, however, was right on the top. And I felt I had to reply. It seems I am not the only one who has gotten a bad taste in their mouth because of the forum. The forum is just...not worth the time. Already I feel like I've wasted 5 minutes replying here, but hopefully the staff will see my posts and others' and make some changes. Hell, it was enough to drive me, a fairly successful and established user, away. Imagine how many others are being driven off?

        1. mariexotoni profile image89
          mariexotoniposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You didn't have to reply is the thing (if it was really a waste of 5 of your minutes, don't bother- it's easy). I actually appreciate this man's opinion. It's refreshing to see number the people who agree.

          1. kathleenkat profile image89
            kathleenkatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            What gave you the impression to felt that I was forced to reply? I stated that I felt spending time responding to the negative posts was a waste of time, and, clearly it is. By the way, I agree with many of the posts in this forum as well.

            But seeing as the spirit of this "anti-negative-debate" thread is full of debate, I'll just click 'unfollow' and quit responding. Happy? Perhaps someone else would be glad to debate wink

  10. Joseph041167 profile image60
    Joseph041167posted 4 years ago

    Speed reading is not the word for it when I come to these long marathon chats. I think it had something to do with all the negativity going on. Fortunately, I have not been dragged down into it yet. This last year, Facebook, FB for short, bottomed out, went sour on me. Actually, I was banned off of Atheist Nexus first. This is not the first time I have been rejected by my own people. I am one of Christendom's rejects. In the process of time, I could not get along with, okay, I am going to keep it somewhat mild here, but whole demographic groups, and I could not get along with anyone. I was getting into trouble on FB, recieving threat letters, and getting put on 24 hour blocks. I am in danger of losing FB permanantly, and planning to shut it down. I really wanted to intentionally make HubPages, HP for short, go a lot better. This is professional here, business. I cannot lose this. I also got a Linked In place, and decided, that is strictly lawyer professional behavior. I tend to be an on line partier, I like to get wild, but I also get dragged into the undertow of all the drama-trauma. I have strong political beliefs that are very unpopular these days. I am an odd ball who does not fit in any where, storie of my life. Well, I want to not get into all of that on HP, fortuantely have not gotten dragged into the undertow yet. I am a professional writer on here. Not sure how to salvage FB and my other online personages. But when you go HP, you go public, you are out there on Google. Google yourself and see what pops up, you are out there for millions globally to see. So, there is a fine line between drama-trauma, getting wild, partieing, and pretending lawyer, journalist, professional, writer or whatever.  And there is probably going to be a fine line about presenting a lot of important issues I need to get out there which are all very unpopular. Well, enough here, good night, all. Happy Holidays, Merrry Christmas, Hannaukah, New years, Blessed Yule, one and all, blessed be, and peace out I am outta here.

  11. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    Yes, HP should implement a forum filter in which we can block topics, threads.  It would be nice.

    On the other hand, I don't let the negativity get to me.  Some threads I simply won't open if I see that particularly negative posters started the thread.  I know there will be no real discussion because they're started to instigate rather than debate or discuss.  That's child's play.

  12. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    I just found a nice site, looks like it has possibilities

    http://positiveatmosphere.com/

    1. profile image0
      Kathryn LJposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I should like it, I really should but all that positivity made me reel twitchy.  Do you think I've been here too long?

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'll let you know how long I last there smile

  13. profile image0
    Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago

    Well, the wonderful news is that my Futurist Trend community on G+ has completely removed us from left and right politics and we can just examine what is happening and how to move on. As we've all got a fair amount of knowledge and we're all rational thinkers using analysis, it's an exubertant experience. When something isn't logical, we can point out the errors, and instead of being told we're stupid, liberal, GOP, or any other name calling, we can just adjust and get on with figuring out new systems of government. It's great! smile

    So I guess I've found my niche and won't be involved in the ugly political forums over here anymore. smile

  14. bat115 profile image72
    bat115posted 4 years ago

    Can't we all just... get along?

    1. snakeslane profile image81
      snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Apparently not. hmm

      1. bat115 profile image72
        bat115posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sad to see that still going on after the three years I've been here.

        1. snakeslane profile image81
          snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yah, I just use the forums for help, advice, and clarification on Hub Pages related stuff, or getting to know the community. Reasonable debate is always interesting, but the trolls are everywhere.

  15. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    I should have known better, I have tried this before and always gotten attacked for it.

    KathleenKat, this is twice you have told me that "there is no need to share your opinion"

    I just want to be able to ignore the negative political and religious threads... on all sides of the political spectrum but I guess since you can't do it here. I'll just try to avoid looking at the forum thread titles.

    1. mariexotoni profile image89
      mariexotoniposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad people like you share your opinions- as opposed to the junk people are willing to post in forums.

    2. LiamBean profile image89
      LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's kind of sad to be attacked for posting a "live and let live" sentiment. Your detractors have to make a special effort to find this, read it (sort of), and then besmirch you for your stand.

      I simply have to acknowledge the fact that it gives me perverse pleasure to respond in kind.

    3. Hollie Thomas profile image62
      Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad you share your opinion too, UV, HP is enriched for it. You know, when someone wants to silence you, it's usually because they can't produce an effective counter argument- or, they're just arguing for the sake of it. That's their problem- NOT yours. smile

    4. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Isn't expressing opinions what one does on discussion forums?

      1. LiamBean profile image89
        LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Only if you are a "know it all" Republican.

    5. kathleenkat profile image89
      kathleenkatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      My post wasn't directed specifically at you, rather, in response to Snakeslane's post, about the general attitude in these forums (and my theory as to what causes it).

      If you wan't to avoid negativity, don't personally mention me, or anyone else, in your posts. It makes the person you are 'making an example of' react negatively wink

      1. snakeslane profile image81
        snakeslaneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        My post was in reply to the OP:



        http://s4.hubimg.com/u/5417243_f248.jpg

  16. ahorseback profile image46
    ahorsebackposted 4 years ago

    Uhhhh , put your hand up if you're trolling for trouble to start with .......Jees!

  17. LiamBean profile image89
    LiamBeanposted 4 years ago

    Back after a three day ban. Wow, I wonder who I upset. I can't imagine who it might have been.

    First time for everything I suppose. I've been here almost five years and that's the first time I've been banned. And I didn't even use four letter words.

    I've decided that I will limit my forum participation to rooting out and getting rid of trolls. You know, the kind that publish one hub and spend all their time stirring up everyone else in the forums.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I can't imagine why you would have been banned. My understanding is that for the most part one isn't likely to be banned unless somebody rats you out. The moderators don't have time to read all the comments looking for personal attacks. I've been called names several times by someone who's never, to my knowledge, been banned, I assume because I haven't bothered to report him. I agree with HP's objective of encouraging fact-based, intelligent, respectful discussion.

      1. LiamBean profile image89
        LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile

  18. Joseph041167 profile image60
    Joseph041167posted 4 years ago

    I got banned on FB for 24 hours, had several posts and comments removed, and threats for shut down, mutually and reciprocal. When your a conservative republican, nobody likes you, and when your also an Atheist, nobody likes you, and if your both, God help you, wink "God help you", lol, because, "we do not have a prayer," wink lol, "God help us we do not even have a prayer" lol or a snowballs chance in Hell, Merry Christmas yaw'll. P.S. I got absolutely zero friends, I live all alone in a godless universe, and it is getting pretty cold out here.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Don't feel bad, I've been banned three times, and I'm a liberal Democrat.

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        Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'd say that means you're intended to be friends.  big_smile  No more living alone in a godless universe for Joseph.

  19. LiamBean profile image89
    LiamBeanposted 4 years ago

    Actually Festivus appeals to me. The airing of grievances and feats of strength are appealing.

  20. snakeslane profile image81
    snakeslaneposted 4 years ago

    My second post stated that I (personally) had always found the OP to be helpful and courteous in the forums.

  21. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    Okay, I have broken my pledge already and gotten caught up in gun debates. But nothing is ever solved and people keep a conversation going because they must have the last word. I am just as much to blame for that. Anyway, I seriously have to take time away from this forum for a while.

    Things like what happened in Newtown shows me that society has to change and to me part of that must be to start caring more about people we don't know and working towards the change we want to see. Petty political arguments are just that... petty, useless and a waste of energy. Like Buffalo Springfield said " paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep, it starts when your always afraid, step out of line the man come and take you away." I will not live like that.  I know... let's all sing Kumbaya...

  22. jamesbali profile image77
    jamesbaliposted 4 years ago

    Yes, that's a good idea!

  23. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    "Put your hands up if you are tired of all the negativity in the forum"

    There's negativity on the forums!?! I had no idea... big_smile

    Seriously, I have an Avoid-Like-the-Plague list for all things negative.

    Number one is Do-Not-Watch-the Evening-News.

    Number two is stay the hell out of the R & P forums. I periodically fail at this one, but I keep trying.

    1. Don Fairchild profile image85
      Don Fairchildposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Don't watch the news!  Isn't it a shame that multi billion dollar industries like news media are constantly looking for more and more sensationalistic bad news issues so that you will go and watch their news channel. 
      Which of course makes us more depressed and cynical.   Back before TV started to overload us with bad news, we were content with only what was going on in our small local world.

      1. LiamBean profile image89
        LiamBeanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Bad news and sensationalism draws eyes. More watchers means more advertisers get their ads seen. More views means more ad dollars to the broadcaster. What's the best way to get more viewers?

        Social media needs to come into play. Viewers need to insist on less speculation and more factual reporting. Stop the wild speculation and innuendo. It helps no one and the constant stress is taking its toll on all of us.

  24. cfin profile image79
    cfinposted 4 years ago

    @ Paradigmsearch - How about do not watch the news!....any time of day smile

    Not Exactly Wisdom Speaking!

  25. cfin profile image79
    cfinposted 4 years ago

    Not Entertaining Without Sadness

 
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