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Old 10-25-2010, 09:22 AM   #46
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:23 AM   #47
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Although I rarely participate in these types of "debates," I, too, opted in. I don't find it difficult to either see the thread topic or a post or two and decide to ignore.

My biggest problem with political and religious debates is that they really aren't debates; they are simply statements of one's unprovable or unconvincing position broadcast to the world. They tend to reinforce one's personal beliefs and perceptions rather than persuade one to shift positions.

But they are lively and when done with a certain amount of detachment (as opposed to religious and political fervor), they can be both entertaining and educating. And contrary to the general belief that such debates have no connection with ebooks, I think they can definitely have a positive connection. I know that as a result of prior discussions, I have gone out and bought books on the discussed topic just to become better informed -- I haven't changed my position, but I have become better informed and have in the process acquired more books .
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:28 AM   #48
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Now... anyone want to discuss Cricket?

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:30 AM   #49
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Big mistake.

The new P&R forum isn't visible unless you know to go look for it. If it just has to be a separate area, then it should be a sub-forum to The Lounge where it would still be visible to all visitors and easily stumbled into.

Look at the high number of posts/pages those threads have. That traffic is a good thing.
I don't see it as a mistake, but I do wonder how new people are to find it. it is completely invisible without knowing where to check for it. couldn't the link be there taking a newcomer to the "opt in" page?
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:32 AM   #50
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It would make sense to have sticky in the Lounge explaining where those subjects are debated and a link to the Group membership option.

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:35 AM   #51
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It would be nice if the mods could ban or temp ban people from the subforum if they abuse the rules and still keep them on the site.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:38 AM   #52
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:51 AM   #53
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Great idea.

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:59 AM   #54
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Oh my - you're new here aren't you!

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:59 AM   #55
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I don't see it as a mistake, but I do wonder how new people are to find it. it is completely invisible without knowing where to check for it. couldn't the link be there taking a newcomer to the "opt in" page?
Yes, that worries me too. It might become a ghetto where the same people end up saying the same things over and over again. Or is it that already? I'm really not sure where I stand on this whole issue.

I agree also with rhadin about "debates" not being real debates, but that is a very general issue, and they are still useful, maybe even necessary.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:00 AM   #56
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I think that comes under religion (ashes to ashes and all that).
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:23 AM   #57
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I don't see it as a mistake, but I do wonder how new people are to find it. it is completely invisible without knowing where to check for it. couldn't the link be there taking a newcomer to the "opt in" page?
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Yes, that worries me too. It might become a ghetto where the same people end up saying the same things over and over again. Or is it that already? I'm really not sure where I stand on this whole issue.
At the moment this thread is at the top of the announcements, and it's showing on the front page, so for the time being newcomers should be able to find it if they're interested enough in political and religious debate to read the thread.

Beyond that - maybe sticky this thread?
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:32 AM   #58
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***I do wonder how new people are to find it***

New people don't come here for reilious and political debate -- plenty of forums on the net dedicated to that -- but because they want to know about ereading devices, ereading and ewriting. Otherwise they'd have gone elsewhere. Neil
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:36 AM   #59
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***I do wonder how new people are to find it***

New people don't come here for reilious and political debate -- plenty of forums on the net dedicated to that -- but because they want to know about ereading devices, ereading and ewriting. Otherwise they'd have gone elsewhere. Neil
The reason to sticky it in the Lounge is more so that the mods don't continually have to repeat "please take political and religious comments out of this thread and into the proper group" to the nearly new users.

Having said that, I guess most people would just hit New Posts anyway, so they wouldn't get to see the sticky. Tricky.

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***I do wonder how new people are to find it***

New people don't come here for reilious and political debate -- plenty of forums on the net dedicated to that -- but because they want to know about ereading devices, ereading and ewriting. Otherwise they'd have gone elsewhere. Neil
We are not talking about people coming here only to discuss religion or politics - as I mentioned before, these people may be trolls or just overeager zealots. But we do want people who came here first to discuss e-reading and e-readers to be able to participate if they feel like it. Otherwise what's the use of keeping this section? Might as well kill it off now.
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