Site Suggestion: The Zero Debate Forum
Create one Forum Department, open to all members, for the sole purpose of discussion with zero debate permitted, zero as in none whatsoever.
Perhaps call it the Zero Debate Forum and desiginate it to be used to discuss any subject that can be discussed at RO, for example any subjects that would normally be discussed in Faith and Beliefs, Politics, Current News, or in any of the open debate forums.
[Edit: The Positive Discussion Only Forum might sound more sophisticated! …LOL…]
Think of it as the Zero Disagreement Forum because, as per my suggestion, the purpose of this forum is to create a place where any member can participate in a discussion of any subject without having to deal with any disagreements from opposing viewpoints.
** Why would that be a good thing? ** Because it appears [think: Ignore button] that significient numbers of people get utterly sick and tired of what they perceive as pointless constant never ending friction and endless bickering back and forth, but they DO NOT get tired of posting and discussing subjects on posting boards, and would enjoy discussing subjects with their agreeable and like-minded friends and acquaintances in a guaranteed-to-be-totally-friendly atmosphere of total guaranteed congeniality.
The debates forums are always open to everybody, and so everybody can have the best of both worlds, they can go back and forth between “Heaven” and “Hell”, so to speak …LOL…
In my opinion, we have, over the years, lost many members who would have stayed at RO to post in The Positive Discussion Only Forum. There are many people that love to post their good positive thoughts, but will NOT argue their good positive thoughts, and do NOT like to have their good positive thoughts ctitized. Everybody does not fit the same mold. The non-argumentative people can be a great asset to RO.
Also, there are, imo, a significient number of “intellectual types” out here in Webby World that would be attracted to RO if we had a Positive Discussion Only Forum at least available to them.
Also, a lot of people search the web and read threads that never join posting boards, many of these people are “intellectual types” that love to discuss subjects ONLY in a positive constructive totally congenial atmosphere, they do NOT like the “debate” that they must tolerate in open forums from people who constantly drop little Sixth Grade Intellectual-Level snippy hostile one-liners into the conversation/discussion. If we had a Positive Discussion Only Forum up and going, we might attract and hold some of these types.
What about readers who are reading along in The Positive Discussion Only Forum and become tanturm-hissy-fit red faced and are just itching to debate. The message to them would be this: “We love debates here at RO, just not here in this one forum. If you want to debate the subject being discussed here, then go start your own thread on this subject with your own Opening Post.”
Imo, there would have to be some rules that absolutely prohibited the No Disagreement Forum to ever be used to discuss:
(1) Site grievances
(2) Personal grievances
(3) Grievances against other members or “groups” either directly or indirectly identified, for example … LOL… a reference to the “Scumbag RINO segment of RO” is a veiled indirect identification of specific members here, and all we older members would immediately know exactly who was being indirectly identified. A safe rule would be: Zero discussion of any individual members either by direct mention of their names or by any indirect identifying references.
(4) Zero debate allowed between people who generally agree on most everthing. No “friendly” debates for anybody. The Zero Debate Forum means exactly that … zero debate … for everybody. If you want a “friendly” debate, then go to the open forums and “have at it”. (The logic here is that more likely that not, “friendly” debates do not remain friendly even among friends.) Besides that, if the Zero Debate Forum is created, it is the Zero Debate Forum and all “friendly people” were aware of that before they started their “friendly debate.” …LOL…
Imo, if a Positive Discussion Only Forum is ever created here at RO, the Admin. and Mods would have to iron out, with additional rules, the wrinkles and problems that would for certain arise with such a forum.
Also, imo, the Mods would have to subjectively decide if the developing thread was being true to “the spirit of the forum”, and they could delete comments or posts that in their opinion was not in “the spirit of the forum.” Imo, there is nothing wrong at all with the Mods doing that. Imo, its utterly impossible to have a set of 100% objective rules to make human beings behave and conform to “the spirit of a forum” (or anything else.) Imo, its humanly impossible to remove subjectivity from the moderation of any human behavior.
Imo, with reference to that last paragraph I just wrote, there would be some here that would “constantly push the envelope” and deliberately get as close to breaking the “No Debate” rule as they could get. Again, the Mods could make a subjective decision on the “edge pushers” and solve that little problem right quick.
Faith And Beliefs.
Imo, a Positive Discussion Only Forum would be a real positive asset to RO in the area of Faith and Beliefs. Christians could go to that Forum and start threads for Bible Study subjects or Theological Subjects and develope those subjects, without having to deal with the little hostile snippy one-liners or prolonged rants from hostile atheists or agnostics. (But again, Rule #3 would have to be enforced, imo. That is, no references, direct or veiled, to those “Godless atheistic scumbags here at RO” …LOL …
Likewise atheists or agnostics could go to that Forum and start threads titled, “The Brilliant Dawkins” and such like, and they could discuss and develope their atheist-agnostic themes without having to deal with any hostile comments from Christians or other people of faith. (Same thing here, IE Rule #3 enforced.)
Good lands! I just looked up there!! I didn’t intend to write a book on this, it just sorta flowed on out though. I don’t see anything I want to delete, so I’ll just let it stay put.
One last point:
I used the imo (in my opinion) a lot up there because I was sorta just “thinking out loud”, and also because I am aware that the mods, who have actually dealt with the seemingly impossible task of tying to moderate human insanity, …LOL… will probably immediately see problems with my idea that I do not see.
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