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I have been signing up on forum to forum for years now and never settled in one long. Part of the reason for this is that people on the internet can be hostile and I am an odd person so I frequently end up being harassed or unfairly banned wherever I go.

I have been on the fence about staying here, which I suppose I have been inappropriately vocal about. I have learned to be rather detached from communities that I pass through.

However, I understand why I keep coming back to this forum. On other forums, if you have a disagreement then it turns into insulting one another's position. Here, usually, people are genuinely interested in discussion.

This gives me a chance to apply my knowledge of logic outside of just statistical analysis and programming. Logic is a passion of mine from Godel to Laplace to Turing and everything from deductive, modal, fuzzy, syllogistic, symbolic, imperative, computational, and so on.

I had a recent discussion on another forum where I shared my ethical perspective and I was mocked and called immoral. This was after somebody in another thread had called my (correct) understanding of Occam's Razor delusional and idiotic.

This disappointed me. If I return to that forum it won't be until after I have had a long break from it. I just don't understand why such antagonism has become the norm for discussion. It is unproductive and, most of the time, the antagonists do not read what I write, anyway.

Due to this forum here, I have come to appreciate that there is utility in maintaining a connection to other people despite my lack of desire to socialize. We can engage in dialectic, share information, brainstorm solutions and alternative hypotheses together, and we can give one another new perspectives from having to pragmatically live out our theoretical philosophies.

As stilted and aloof as I am, I find that there are a few users here that are genuinely pleasant and productive to talk to. Cino, RJM, muhammad_isa, wil, Thomas, Leveller, Namaste Jesus, Unveilled artist, nolose, Aupmanyav, seattlegal, and Draco99 among others. I have never seen a forum filled with so many nice people before. Thanks for tolerating and welcoming me into the conversation.
 
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@Ella S.
It's really nice to hear you say that.
You are so welcome around here
And thanks for including me, lol :)


We seem to avoid both crusading evangelists and evangelistic atheists. Neither group seems to find much traction for themselves here

All the better for us, innit?
 
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@Ella S.
It's really nice to hear you say that.
You are so welcome around here
And thanks for including me, lol :)


We seem to avoid both crusading evangelists and evangelistic atheists. Neither group seems to find much traction for themselves here

All the better for us, innit?

I think this is partially thanks to the moderators here actually enforcing their policies against flame wars evenly. I have seen a lot of forums where personal attacks are technically a ban-worthy offense and against the rules and yet almost every thread has a handful of people insulting and mocking one another without any action or intervention.
 
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As stilted and aloof as I am, I find that there are a few users here that are genuinely pleasant and productive to talk to. Cino, RJM, muhammad_isa, wil, Thomas, Leveller, Namaste Jesus, Unveilled artist, nolose, Aupmanyav, seattlegal, and Draco99 among others....
I'm an other?? Boy, you sure know how to break a rabbi's heart. **

**Actually the rabbi is just being silly. No rabbis, among others, were injured in the reading of Ella's message.
 
I'm an other?? Boy, you sure know how to break a rabbi's heart. **

**Actually the rabbi is just being silly. No rabbis, among others, were injured in the writing of this response.

I knew I was missing some names. I mostly went down the list of users who recently quoted me in my alerts or were in my inbox messages. I have found your additions to this forum to be invaluably erudite and reserved.
 
This is truly appreciated. We have spent years attempting to cultivate exactly what you describe.

There is not enough vitriole for many, we don't cotton to gurus, and our CoC is to strict for many.

The reason ... to me that the moderators can keep up is that we are small ... the reason we have a community is cause we are small ... and we are small because many self weed themselves ... or take a liking to the difference we hope to foment.

Am the forums I have been on are similar to this ... amicable philosophical contemplation...(not true, I tried others...for a week or less...for all the reasons described)
 
Nice to see that you came back for more, hang in there.

This gives me a chance to apply my knowledge of logic outside of just statistical analysis and programming. Logic is a passion of mine from Godel to Laplace to Turing and everything from deductive, modal, fuzzy, syllogistic, symbolic, imperative, computational, and so on.

I do not understand the words which are coming out of your mouth, but this is why I love intellectuals. The gap is so hopelessly wide that I don't even feel the need to try. Sort of restful actually. :)

As stilted and aloof as I am, I find that there are a few users here that are genuinely pleasant and productive to talk to.

It's okay, I prefer my intellectuals with a flat affect rather than the giddy and histrionic overconfidence that is often on display. It's different.

Hope you will stick around. Never can tell what's going to happen around here.
 
I do not understand the words which are coming out of your mouth, but this is why I love intellectuals. The gap is so hopelessly wide that I don't even feel the need to try. Sort of restful actually. :)
Spot on...

Never can tell what's going to happen around here
That's because you don't have access to the staff room. That's where we cuss, throw chairs and scream at each other! :D
Hey you guys...what happens in the staff roo....
 
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