There's a question in ACM right now about the longest questions you've ever seen. I went to see if I could find one from not that long ago that went over 500 answers. Along the way I found a few others (and I did finally find the carnal caramel doozie). Reading through them, I have to wonder, and I mentioned this in the original ACM question.
The biggest problem that arises here in RD and in R&B seems to come from people who have never participated in Q&A before, or never in the religion sections, and have never been exposed to anyone who believes differently than they do. Or, they believe everyone who doesn't believe exactly like they do is the same as some mental negative stereotype they have. Would it accomplish more to just direct those people directly to these questions, let them read through the conversations that have already been had, and learn some of the history between all faiths here?
The first 3 deteriorate after a few hundred responses, then float back on and off topic throughout as people logged off and came back the next day, the last one is shorter, but stays on track until the end.
There are different authors of each of those threads. 2 are Christian, one is atheistic satanist, one is atheist. The participants cover every faith or non-faith that's ever been represented here. They range in age from 2 years ago to a few months ago. There is one common theme throughout them all - people of EVERY faith and non-faith agreeing, if not about doctrine and philosophy, about basic decency (actors in bathtubs aside). Some names disappeared over time, others stay all the way through, but that unity is consistent. (grab your marshmallows and sing Kumbaya)
My main question being - do we keep repeating that history simply because those unaware of it doom us to repeating it? This is not an ACM question - it's about the content.
Answer by samurai_chica at 7:56 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:58 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:00 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
do we keep repeating that history simply because those unaware of it doom us to repeating it? Yes, I would say we do. I think that there are always going to be those newcomers who are both ignorant of differing beliefs and/or arrogant enough to make posts calling out those different beliefs in callous ways. I can only speak for myself and my own intentions, but it's nearly impossible for me to avoid answering those questions because I feel the need to correct misinformation and shut down attacks. I'm not sure if directing the newcomers to previous threads will help, especially since they can be difficult to follow once they've been closed, but maybe there could be some sort of "read before posting" thread? Hell, I don't know, but I'm less tolerant of newbie bad behavior than I used to be, that's for certain.
Answer by KelleyP77 at 8:16 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by KelleyP77 at 8:23 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by -Eilish- at 8:30 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 8:30 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:39 PM on Jun. 30, 2011