Well, I think it's a size problem. Even just a year ago HP was a much smaller community, let alone the family like thingy it was three years ago. I tend to think that organizations and companies become less humane and more formal with growth, looks like it is valid for communities, too...
There definitely is a partisan spirit (or dis-spirit) permeating the forums. Especially the political and religious forums. But then there are still quite a few "just for fun" forum threads at any given time and postings there are not rude...
Hubpages is cyclical, things will get really fun, communities will form, then a few people will have a disagreement, people will get upset, and leave, or attempt to get other users banned from the forums. Others will stalk the leavers and continue to abuse. Eventually the forum becomes a drab desolate place. Only the faint whisper of a newbie asking why their pasted adsense code is not working on their page, and someone talking about prayer remain for several months until people slowly pick up the pieces and begin talking again.
Plus we have just passed the Christmas period, my forum activity pretty much ceases on the run up to the busiest shopping season of the year!
I noticed that a lot of the other serious writers on here slowly have less posting time and gradually disappear from October through till just after January.
Seems to have got a lot worse since the Bible Belt evangelical fanatics turned up.
I know we shouldn't encourage them or even give them the time of day but they come out with the most preposterous rubbish one just has to stand up as a voice of reason and common sense.
Trouble is now they’re here they won’t go away, just like other wonderful Internet places they arrive like an infestation and are nigh on impossible to eradicate. Fortunately they tend to stick to the Forum area and are easily spotted and one can, with practice, ignore them. Without an audience they are pretty much preaching to themselves and we should leave them to it.
As the Russians say; “Why kick a sleeping snake...?”
Thanks. I truly can't stand the constant relgiious rubbish.
Yesterday, I was approached by someone to ghostwrite a book This book was going to be very special as it was going to rewrite the bible and make Christians accept gays. And this person had a great 'caling from God' through a 'near death experience' that was going to waken the entire world population. Bloody crazy.
Mr. Fraser, you have hit the nail right on the head! It just becomes so tedious. I had one fanatic follow me (stalk) through different forums. Any forum I posted something on that person would make sure to reply something nasty to me, mind you I have only been here 2 months!
I don't think it's funny. I think it's incredibly dangerous to the fabric of a civilized society are so ignorant and superstitious. In additionl, they all gang up on one if one dares to point out the flaws in their logic.
I think the new forum filter has helped immensely. I only see the forums I choose, I haven't seen politics or religion on HP for over a week. I don't have to see any more rude rants and it has changed the forum experience drastically. much more peaceful.
I just avoid the threads that I disagree with or don't wish to participate it.
I know quite a few hubbers who I think are kind and sincere, and I try to be myself... Others, I just let do or say what they need to, but I won't engage in discussions such as ones referenced to with your post here.
Not a bad suggestion however they don't want to talk to each other their mission is to spread their warped take on religion.
We all know they are an ignorant self appointed loud mouthed minority and I think we all know we should ignore them with extreme prejudice but they’re like an itch you know you shouldn’t scratch but just can’t resist.....
Am I the only person who thinks the forums have actually improved compared to a year ago?
A year ago, it seemed that every hubber and his/her (usually her) dog was leaving HP in a huff, taking their hubs with them. Or threatening to do so, presumably in the hope that people would beg "Oh, no pleaaaaase don't go - we love you!"
And Edweirdo's forum filter has greatly enhanced things (Edweirdo, if you're reading this thread please reinstate/insert a Contribute button on your download page - I couldn't find it when I looked!)
Mozilla recently upgraded the interface for their developers, and the "Contribute" button on my add-on's page vanished! I'm looking into the problem and will post a link for people to contibute directly via PayPal in the meantime...
Like most pastimes and being similar to a relationship, its part of an attitude of depositing and withdrawing from a bank. You need to first deposit, increase with interest, and withdraw less than you deposit, like in relationships.
I guess I should have just said you get out of it, what you put in, lol.
I realise this is all my fault for being new, and being a bit lax on the bowing and scraping. I am prepared to mend my ways in exchange for a decent bit of hub love. Let's say 40 hits per page by midnight. And if one of you old time successful tight wads could like actually purchase something (you must have made a tidy sum by now).. that would be grand.
I am surprised. I yesterday posted this topic 'Can Science explain everything?'. This hubber came out and gave me some answers. Now as I have provided him some reasons, he hot hurt and started to post nasty personal...
I'm sure this comment will bring out all the smartass hubbers. And I'm sure you will all visit me with more smartass comments. Well, I'll just count how many of you are out in hubberland then I will go on with my day.