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Lets Agree To Disagree On The Forums

Updated on January 22, 2012

Do you avoid the forums?

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Do you think people should agree to disagree?

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Do you think it is time people moved on and found something new to discuss?

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Recently I posted this on a forum thread as like many of you all I am sick and tired of the extremism on there and really think its time every one realized that people are never going to agree, with the whole "Who is right? and Who is wrong?"

What I am saying is that Religious, Atheists & Homosexuals should agree to disagree and just put an end to all this "He said and She said" playground activity and find something else to talk about.

I am not sorry to say this but one thing I have noticed in the forums and its getting really boring and tedious now - Religious extremists starting threads attacking Atheists or homosexuals etc - Then Atheists & Homosexuals extremists start threads attacking Religious people. Is it just me or can you all just agree to disagree and find something else to talk about because many people on hub pages are actually avoiding the forums. This is because they are so fed up with all the extremist BS from all sides of the equation that cant agree and are to busy fighting amongst themselves.

Not all religious people hate atheists and homosexuals only ignorant extremists

Not all Atheists hate religious people - only ignorant extremists.

Not all Homosexuals hate - Atheists and Religious people- only ignorant extremists (and yes they do exist in the gay community. Before any one asks.)

Now I know that many of you want to help each other to see your way as being the right way , but face it not everyone wants too, so agree to disagree, now there are some threads that get put on the forums that no one even looks at, and people are asking simple questions that many of you will have answers too that are nothing to do with religion. They dont even get looked at or answered because you are too busy fighting each other over "Who is right and Who is wrong?"

If you are so intent on helping then why dont you put aside your differences and take a look at some of the other threads, there is one with some one going through domestic violence and I am shocked that no one here is willing to help or post, so please put aside your differences and help others not by preaching but by listening.

You know instead of wasting all that time with debates and scoring browny points with each other on the forums, Why dont you just channel it all by writing it as a hub,. after all isn't that why we are all here to write hubs? Just leave the forums for people to actually discuss things that are not gonna cause problems and disputes, and just maybe we can rebuild our community from being broken like it is!!!!!

We need people to stop being afraid of coming to the forums and the only way to do this is by agreeing to disagree on topics that we dont happen to like, instead of arguing and upsetting each other.

Its Up To YOU!


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    • Insane Mundane profile image

      Insane Mundane 

      6 years ago from Earth

      I've never understood why people even argue about religion and politics, while thinking they can agree to disagree. See, the ones who can't agree to disagree, just want to argue for the sake of an argument or they are simply under the illusion that they have unravelled the properties of the universe and have everything figured out. Both of those equal a fetish for forum chatter of unproductive asininity, but you are never made to read such ugly things, now are ya?

      What I find beneficial from the debatable forums, is that it often sparks new ideas for subjects that you may want to write about on your own personal websites, blogs or, if you have an income stream here, create hubs and whatnot...

      Of course, you're not likely to find ideas for "how-to" posts or "recipe" hubs in the religion & politics forums, but just saying that debate is healthy to a certain degree, ya know, just right before it becomes a waste of time......

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      Kate Swanson 

      6 years ago from Sydney

      The religious and political forums have been like that for a long time. In the early days of HP, I was never aware of them because the forums were displayed differently - the Latest Posts from the hubbing-related forums were separate from the topic-related forums.

      I wish they were still like that, because it meant writers who wanted to discuss writing could remain blissfully ignorant of the idiocy going on in the other threads.

      However, I don't think you'll ever get people to agree to disagree. It's very hard for an atheist to ignore a fundamentalist Christian making ridiculous statements in the forums, and vice versa.

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      I just returned from a visit to the forums, lol. Had to pop in and answer a few questions. What is amazing is how many will answer the question with the same answer you have given. At first I was stumped as to why this would take place, then I noticed the listing of the most active members in the forum in the upper right. There I see competition by a select handful, to post more than the next, in order to be at the top of the list. Rather childish to me and detracts from the overall concept of a forum when you get multiple answers with the same information.

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      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I see hospitalera I wish there was a way to get rid of that battlefield all together and replace it with a peaceful acceptant place :)

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      hospitalera 

      6 years ago

      I avoided the forums here from the beginning for exactly these reason plus I am an odd case, a straight Christian that is fiercely supportive of LGBT rights inside of Churches and outside them. No chance in hell, heaven or limbo I would survive the forums here - they would be all after me, for different reasons! Chose your battles, I say and the forums here are surely not a battlefield I would chose!

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I agree Barbara, We need a new direction in the forums because it seems that at the minute they are just going round in circles with all this bickering and debating.

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      I belong to another writing site that just discusses ways to help each other. I write there rarely, but go there often to read the forum because they have such wise tips. It would be refreshing to find that here instead of the bickering.

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks TFScientist I am just sick of it and I know that there are plenty of other people here who are now, I dont know why we dont start a petition or a thread where we can discuss normal things and welcome new people? :)

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      Rhys Baker 

      6 years ago from Peterborough, UK

      Could not agree more...although I feel you have your work cut out for you preventing this!

      Remember, people, ad hominem attacks are the sign of a failed argument!

      Thanks for sharing, voted up!

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Dale & INFjay I think its just getting out of hand on the forums, with the attacks at each other, it needs to stop so people can come and feel part of the community rather than be ousted because of their beliefs etc. :)

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Well done hub! I have ran into the issues as well in the forums and do less there than when I first arrived just a few weeks ago. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Jay Manriquez 

      6 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      I can usually tell my the forum title that the discussions will only result in an impasse. So I keep my thoughts to my self and move on. I would rather get to know an individual on their uniqueness versus a generalized condemnation, consequently I try an follow a broad spectrum of hubbers to learn about them from their individual writings.

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Dexter, I agree with you too, its becoming almost an epidemic of people attacking people unnecessarily over their beliefs. I just hope that people learn to agree to disagree and move on :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Calpol! I agree with you wholeheartedly. I stay away from the forums - there seems to be a great deal of hostility within them. It is OK to share opinions and differences. But when they become attacks, enough is enough. People should learn to agree to disagree. I hope your points get across in the forums!

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      R9139 

      6 years ago

      Good topic, since joining about a month ago I have done my best to avoid the forum. Hubpages seems aware but unwilling to deal with many of the issues within it. The trouble with the internet and most community boards no matter how professional the main aspect of the website is. Forums will always lead to arguments and issues. People think their opinion is law and in many cases are too narrow minded or brainwashed to see other peoples side of things. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a healthy discussion but most topics always lead to disputes. Mostly those of a religious and political aspect.

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