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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:11 AM

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I have spent a significant portion of my morning following up on something that occurred to me last night … A thought that created more questions than it answered.
I scanned the GD and Politics 2013 forums, and then grouped them into 4 categories: Pro-(President) Obama posts (policies/Personal); Pro-Democratic Party; (President) Obama critical posts (policies/personal); Pro-Democratic Party posts; Anti-gop posts. I did not read the comments attached to the threads; but rather, made note of those posting on the threads.

Guess what my hurried, and decidedly unscientific, survey revealed?

There is a small contingent of DUers (some long-term, 1000s of posts members; others, more recent, less than a couple hundred post members)that seem to completely ignore the Pro-(President) Obama/Pro-Democratic Party/Anti-gop threads, as evidenced by the complete absence of their posting on these threads.
While I can’t say … they may have read the OPs, and just opted not to post; but to me, that speaks volume when viewing the (President) Obama/Democratic Party critical threads, where these posters appear to show much more interest, as evidenced by their frequent posts.
My question became, “Why would a person seek out, and spend significant amounts of their time on, a Democratic Party Supportive website, only to express negativity about/towards Democrats?”

My immediate response to my question and “findings” was “Trolls”; but after thinking about it further, I believe that the vast majority of these posters are not “trolls”, maybe they are just more comfortable finding flaw than seeking cheer? Maybe, they believe that they are being helpful to others here by pointing out Presidential/Party shortcomings?

I can’t answer these questions … But, both will serve to inform my activities on DU.

(Thank you for tolerating my ponderings)

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