[eDebate] A Forum Suggestion

Kevin Sanchez let_the_american_empire_burn
Sun Apr 13 03:07:06 CDT 2008

michael wrote (http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2008-April/074747.html), 
"If some people really enjoy a particular long and

heated discussion, but many people despise that

discussion, why don't you collectively use a

bulletin-board system?"

because most people don't enjoy admitting (to others, or
themselves) that they enjoy long, heated discussions.

note how often e-debate posts begin with qualifications, such as,
'i generally don't post here, but...' or 
'i'm really busy right now, but...' or, in a phrase, 
'de-cloaking briefly'.

my favorite is when someone says they won't have time
to reply to any rebuttals...
but then subsequently replies to *all* rebuttals.

it's as if one of the pre-conditional excuses for engaging
in an internet conversation of this sort is the pretense
that internet conversations of this sort are beneath us.

so in order for someone to give in to their hidden desire, 
they have to act like they're really only here for official purposes.

(...call it a derridean supplement, if you like.)

in any case, if you separated lists, you'd dispense with the pretense,
and i predict that practically no one would contribute.

(for instance, has a long and heated discussion on race
ever occurred at debatecooperative.net?)

i am sorry this paradoxical situation necessarily draws the ire
of those who are only reading schedules, results, etc...

so to make amends, this'll be my last post ever. promise.
...i'm really busy anyhow, you know.

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