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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:13 PM
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48. It's the echo-chamber hermit's revenge
Far too many people view this place as a sacred refuge from an annoying world where differing opinions are heard. To them, it is a right to quash any rumblings of dissent so their bliss isn't rattled or their opinions questioned, even if it radically skews the discourse in a way that distorts a reasonable representation of consensus.

Many people like the idea of a fairly unfiltered forum (albeit one with a proclaimed progressive population) as a place where one can experience what's really out there in our subculture.

For the Commissars of group-think, such tolerance is calumny.

Unrec is the intellectual equivalent of a sitcom laugh-track: telling you what's important and what's "bad". Instead of letting ideas and opinions rise and fall on their merit or the skill of their proponents to make a case, the door of moral outrage must be slammed loudly to inform others that certain opinions deserve no airing.

Still, it's just another manifestation of abuse of certain controls that have long been present here. The difference is that things like "ignore" only really affect oneself, whereas this function is more of a whackipedic shortcut to marginalizing the cynics and skeptics.

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  -Attack of the unrecommend trolls panader0  Aug-04-09 09:11 AM   #0 
  - Maybe they just don' like the poster?  kentuck   Aug-04-09 09:13 AM   #1 
  - Maybe they think threads that lack merit should be Unrecommended.  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 09:28 AM   #15 
  - Very true.  kentuck   Aug-04-09 09:47 AM   #23 
  - it only "lacks merit" though if they don't like what the poster represents  Echo In Light   Aug-04-09 09:53 AM   #24 
     - Unrec just means it doesn't make the greatest page. It has nothing to do with merit.  xultar   Aug-04-09 10:32 AM   #28 
     - We're speculating as to personal motivations re the tone of certain people's responses  Echo In Light   Aug-04-09 11:01 AM   #35 
     - Making the Greatest Page "has nothing to do with merit"?  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 11:57 AM   #41 
        - Yes. A post can have merit and not be on the greatest page. Happens all the time.  xultar   Aug-04-09 01:23 PM   #52 
     - !  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 11:55 AM   #40 
  - There's an automatic unrec brigade, esp. with anti-corporate or pro-single payer posts. But....  marmar   Aug-04-09 09:14 AM   #2 
  - When you see unusual unrecs...  Gold Metal Flake   Aug-04-09 09:15 AM   #3 
  - Good threads have no problem getting recommends.  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 09:30 AM   #18 
  - Way to miss the point.  Gold Metal Flake   Aug-04-09 09:53 AM   #25 
     - Way to ignore the truth.  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 10:42 AM   #30 
        - You are still ignoring my point.  Gold Metal Flake   Aug-04-09 10:55 AM   #31 
        - You're being paranoid, with no rational basis.  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 10:59 AM   #33 
           - Your posts have been full of "concern".  Gold Metal Flake   Aug-04-09 12:11 PM   #47 
        - "stop imagining that everyone who doesn't share your opinion is being irrational or disruptive"  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 11:59 AM   #43 
  - What are "unusual unrecs"?  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 11:58 AM   #42 
     - What I was refering to were posts like Atmans fine cartoons  panader0   Aug-04-09 12:28 PM   #49 
  - With sites like digg and Amazon, internet users are encouraged to add their 2 cents to everything.  FSogol   Aug-04-09 09:16 AM   #4 
  - K&UnRec  MNDemNY   Aug-04-09 09:19 AM   #5 
  - K&UnRec  MNDemNY   Aug-04-09 09:19 AM   #6 
  - It's not my job. It's my pleasure. K&U. (n/t)  Iggo   Aug-04-09 09:19 AM   #7 
  - Time for a DeadHorse smiley, I guess.......n/t  sailor65   Aug-04-09 09:19 AM   #8 
  - No smiley but here's a .gif for you;  A HERETIC I AM   Aug-04-09 11:01 AM   #34 
     - Perfect....  sailor65   Aug-04-09 11:27 AM   #38 
  - I've notice too but it seems to be just small handful of "disgruntleds".  lamp_shade   Aug-04-09 09:21 AM   #9 
  - Not unlike some of the belligerent anti-healthcare groups  Echo In Light   Aug-04-09 09:30 AM   #17 
  - I only regret that I have but one unrec to give to this thread...nt  SidDithers   Aug-04-09 09:22 AM   #10 
  - A-fucking-men  xultar   Aug-04-09 09:36 AM   #22 
  - Unrec'd this OP on general principle  alcibiades_mystery   Aug-04-09 09:23 AM   #11 
  - Most threads, such as this one, clearly earn their Unrecommend.  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 09:24 AM   #12 
  - People. Need. Hobbies.  WilliamPitt   Aug-04-09 09:25 AM   #13 
  - Would an Unrecommend by another name feel so sweet?  NoPasaran   Aug-04-09 09:26 AM   #14 
  - Agree/Disagree?  Regret My New Name   Aug-04-09 12:01 PM   #44 
  - Ah, but imagine the power of UNUNrec!!  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 12:03 PM   #46 
  - When I trip over someone's lower lip sticking out and hear crying about unreccing  Maru Kitteh   Aug-04-09 09:29 AM   #16 
  - I think sometimes a person just develops a "fan club".. and they could post  Peacetrain   Aug-04-09 09:32 AM   #19 
  - Even with Unrecs, the cream rises to the top.  Vickers   Aug-04-09 09:33 AM   #20 
  - Unrec means it doesn't make the greatest page, so what's the big deal?  xultar   Aug-04-09 09:35 AM   #21 
  - The Hugo idolaters prove how to surpress via UnRekkk. See LBN.  UTUSN   Aug-04-09 10:01 AM   #26 
  - It's a vast Hugo conspiracy.  Forkboy   Aug-04-09 10:20 AM   #27 
  - usually the HIGH POST TROLLS are the unrec victims  mkultra   Aug-04-09 10:37 AM   #29 
  - It IS my job to automatically Unrec certain categories of posts  slackmaster   Aug-04-09 10:57 AM   #32 
  - Add these ...  TexasObserver   Aug-04-09 11:01 AM   #36 
  - You know what they say about conspiracy theorists.  HiFructosePronSyrup   Aug-04-09 11:14 AM   #37 
  - .  omega minimo   Aug-04-09 11:33 AM   #39 
  - heh... This is still going on?  Regret My New Name   Aug-04-09 12:02 PM   #45 
  - It's the echo-chamber hermit's revenge  PurityOfEssence   Aug-04-09 12:13 PM   #48 
  - People Unrec for 2 reasons:  MoonRiver   Aug-04-09 12:47 PM   #50 
  - Well, I guess I cleaned up in both catagories.  panader0   Aug-04-09 01:01 PM   #51 
  - It's greatly diminished the quality of discourse here, imho.  MoonRiver   Aug-04-09 01:36 PM   #54 
  - and many of those are with the status quo  PurityOfEssence   Aug-04-09 01:49 PM   #55 
  - It would be fantastic if these forums were video responses! It would be VERY telling  Echo In Light   Aug-04-09 02:14 PM   #58 
  - I unrec because I think it doesn't belong on the greatest page. Which is  xultar   Aug-04-09 02:47 PM   #63 
  - I automatically unrec any threads that whine about unrecs. nt  masuki bance   Aug-04-09 01:24 PM   #53 
  - My point was not to "whine" about unrecs  panader0   Aug-04-09 02:07 PM   #57 
     - Stop whining. nt  masuki bance   Aug-04-09 02:27 PM   #59 
  - The unrecommended idea  Generator   Aug-04-09 02:07 PM   #56 
  - "I think that someone feels it is their job to just automatically unrec posts."  Sebastian Doyle   Aug-04-09 02:36 PM   #60 
  - ROFL. And what doest all that mean to the world. Did we just solve the Mid East crisis?  xultar   Aug-04-09 02:46 PM   #61 
  - Oh, please. If we visited this subject any more often, I'd need an EZ pass for the toll road.  gkhouston   Aug-04-09 02:47 PM   #62 
  - My name is TrogL and I'm an unrecommend troll  TrogL   Aug-04-09 02:48 PM   #64 

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