Originally Posted by Brian Carlton
Probably all too true.
The details of the sordid exchange are of no particular value to me. In fact, I do believe we've tossed this around in the past. However, I'd very much appreciate understanding your capability of simply walking away from a site where you have nearly 11K posts. PM's are fine.
Nah, that's not personal, or if it is, it makes no difference to me.
For me this forum stuff is an amusement. Some folks like to watch TV or play poker, etc. I like playing with ideas and find interesting players here and there. Most of them seem likeable, intelligent, and reasonable and those I tend to give careful thought to answering and consideration when I might misunderstand what tehy're saying. Most people both here and there don't agree with me very much which lets me know that I am "out there" as compared to the norms of both sites. That's an interesting nugget of knowledge, too.
Playing with ideas does two things for me that I appreciate. First, it forces me to look more deeply into what and why I believe as I do. Sometimes that reflection forces me to change. I hate doing it, but there it is. The second thing it does is improves my skill at communicating ideas. Like for example, your persistence 9above) forced me to return to the topic a number of times until we finally discovered that the block to our understanding each other is taht we have a fundamental difefrence in valuation of these sites. that was a wonderful reminder about assumptions and their value in finding truth.
Why don't I value this or other fora more? I don't know. I don't feel peersonally invested in the fora, but I do have an investment in some of the people. So I keep up with the people with or without the forum. Also, there are lots of other places to go for interactions. I do not see it as a substitute for a real community of real people, into which I am fully integrated in "real life." Outside of my door I have a rich life with other people that I would dearly miss if the door no longer opened.
I'm not sure that fully explains it. In all honesty, I had never thought to consider it in any depth. It is an interesting question.