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  •  From reading Fury's comment (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, CuriousBoston

    I got the impression that part of what made that group work was that it was based on personal relationships between the people involved.  

    •  Some know each other, some don't. nt (0+ / 0-)

      Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

      by Fury on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 10:22:56 PM PST

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      •  So among those that know each other (1+ / 0-)
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        that acts as a civilizing agent.  

        •  Yes, but we have rules. Part of our objective is (0+ / 0-)

          to listen to each other, without interrupting and insulting.  Respect.  Agreeing to disagree.  Or you're outahere!  Hey, maybe we should try it around here!

          Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

          by Fury on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 08:38:38 AM PST

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          •  The rules aren't the unique ingredient (0+ / 0-)

            There are rules on dKos as well.  

            What makes it work in your group (again, just from what I'm reading here) is that people know each other personally and they have a stake in making the group functional.  If they didn't have a sincere interest in the dialog, it seems they would either lose interest or get marginalized by group members who are committed to the purpose of the group.  In the long-term, troublemakers wouldn't get anything out of being in the group.  It's not like Congress, where troublemakers draw a salary and get lavish (socialist) healthcare — from just showing up.  

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