I’m confusing by all this (perhaps saddened is better), VYAZMA got on my nerves plenty, but I missed the fireworks that reached a level of banishment offense.
What was it that was so terrible?
Now I’ll never get the chance to continue some of our arguments.
Darron, we’re friends but I don’t know that I agree with your anger and banishment desire as you explained it at:
Please start enforcing all the rules
Seems to me the biggest problem here isn’t the few wing-nuts we attract - some of whom seem to be confused searchers more than trolls,
folks who should be embraced and challenged -
though others I’d definitely put the troll label on, but them I just ignore.
The biggest issue and concern is the lack of interesting engaged people willing to post provocative threads - or join in on discussions.
The fact that little has changed so far as participation between last year and this year - is, to me, a terrifying indication that the Alt-right, Evangelical-unhinged and the Trump revolution is more successful than not in commanding the hearts and minds of a citizenry gone lazy and to seed.
I don’t know how CFI can hope to attract interesting people by slamming doors in others faces.
The real challenges we should obsess about are coming up with convincing arguments, or at least dissections of their questions and statements.
Better yet, figure out how to confront and challenge intellectual nonsense toe to toe, eye to eye.
The biggest problem with our country is that most people are talking past each other, that can’t get solved with slamming doors,
no matter how good that may feel in the moment.