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  •  The reasons that I come here (6+ / 0-)

    change all of the time, and have evolved greatly since I got here.  The only constant is a couple of community diary series on Saturdays.  Other than that, I'm an election season junkie.  During campaigns, I come for motivation and encouragement and direction and any and all red meat that elections offer.  That, to me, is the most important role that dkos plays in my life.

    I come to get smarter.  I come for current events and how they are affecting kossacks and their communities.  I come for the community, itself.

    I'm not going to directly address your issue, but I will say that there are some posters that I just completely avoid on any and all topics. There are also certain diarists that I neither tip nor rec, not because I don't appreciate their work, but because their detractors are so quick to attack.

    Be well.  Do good.  Carry on.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 04:14:59 PM PST

    •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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      There are also certain diarists that I neither tip nor rec, not because I don't appreciate their work, but because their detractors are so quick to attack.
      •  ...and sad. It just isn't worth the fight. (2+ / 0-)
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        The Obama pro/con diaries. Snowden/Greenwald.  A few others.  I find it isn't worth indicating either "I feel your pain," or "I share your enthusiasm."  It throws me into a "you people" crowd no matter who I'm giving the nod. I got sick of starting every comment with all sorts of disclaimers about neutrality/allegiances.

        And, I guess that it's more certain topics than it is certain diarists, though a name here and there can alert me to be wary.

        So, yeah, in those instances, the screaming fringes win the discussion.  They can have it.

        Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

        by CJB on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 09:18:59 AM PST

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        •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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          I started with the " there is no black and white" even when I agree and discovered that was a lose-lose so I rarely bother now. It seems no matter how honest or thoughtful it's either mis-interpreted as dishonest or not committed enough.  

        •  The disinfo artists have it pretty easy. All they (0+ / 0-)

          have to do is introduce acrimony into a comment thread (by using the disruption tactics) and that by itself turns people off.  They can do it every time, and if they are persistent, eventually they get results.

          I argue that if readers are able to identify signs of disruption tactics, the effects of the disinfo artists can be blunted.

          Usually when you see a mean-spirited ad hominen, or the use of mockery, or logical fallacies (or straw man), right off the bat, you can suspect that there is something not quite right with the intentions of the poster.

    •  That was very frank and very useful. Thanks. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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