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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:40 PM
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Poll question: Is DU Civil?
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Personal Attacks, Civility and Respect

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Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:41 PM
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1. As civil as can be expected
for a political forum with thousands of members.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:41 PM
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2. +1
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mountainlion55 Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:57 PM
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17. Yes
I agree
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:30 PM
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35. +1000
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:38 PM
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40. Agreed nt
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:41 PM
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3. You should volunteer to moderate during the next call up.
You seem to be really well versed on the rules.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:42 PM
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4. No it isn't
But neither is real confrontational discussion!
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:43 PM
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5. Sometimes. It really depends on the subject. nt
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Modern_Matthew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:46 PM
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6. No. I usually reply and run before the flames begin. nt


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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:47 PM
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7. At times, and with certain posters. Overall, it can be something.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:49 PM
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8. Call-out thread....
IBTL
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:49 PM
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9. The CLOSER it gets to elections the less civil it becomes
and it is a pattern now
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:52 PM
Response to Reply #9
15. Yes - I remember Hillary versus Barack
Not pretty
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:16 PM
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29. Yeah, where if you disagreed with one or the other you were labeled a "hater". n/t
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:50 PM
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10. Yes, for the most part.
People argue and sometimes get personal, but it's usually not mean spirited. DU is a huge forum that discusses pretty much everything. There are going to be disagreements.
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:51 PM
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11. ITS A MESSAGE BOARD!!!!
:banghead:

I really am starting to think some people's lives revolve around this website. And I'm not talking about the owners.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:33 PM
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36. So, therefore, messages need to be cruel, harsh, and hurtful?
If that is what some want, there are plenty of places on the internet tubes to message in that manner.
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Shrek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:51 PM
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12. Who cares?
It's just words on a screen.

Civility within an anonymous communication medium isn't something that should be expected or sought.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:38 PM
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22. I agree. That should have been a choice in the poll. Civility is highly overrated anyways. nm
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:19 PM
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31. Oh, probably the owners of DU care. It's their playground and they get to make the rules.
Any who don't like them are free to play elsewhere.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:36 PM
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38. If you will remember, that was NOT the consensus when the admins did their survey.
As mentioned above, if some posters wish to have a harsher environment, there are plenty of those on the internet tubes.

The rules are the rules, and should be respected as such, even if some posters aren't willing or able to respect other posters.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:51 PM
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13. Only a moron would think otherwise.
(see what I did there?)
:bounce:
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:37 PM
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39. Yes, impressive.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:52 PM
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14. Too.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:52 PM
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16. My DU is generally pretty civil. I say "my DU" cause I weeded out a few very uncivil
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 03:53 PM by KittyWampus
participants and it did wonders. I guess one can just skip over loads of crap, but when you have a way of eliminating the biggest pile producers it makes navigating through forums much easier.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:59 PM
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18. More civil than some boards, less civil than others...
our mods do a great job in deleting uncivil posts and shutting down uncivil threads.

Sid
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:03 PM
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19. If DU is considered 'uncivil,' we'll never ever never defeat the Ruling Class
Good grief

This is nothing

In all my years here I've never alerted on anything and can't imagine why anyone would
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Shrek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:46 PM
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48. +1
I cannot fathom having any kind of emotional reaction to something posted on a message board by strangers.
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:24 PM
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20. Yes, it is civil.... and $%#@ you for asking! nt
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:32 PM
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21. as opposed to criminal?
I suppose it's at least as civil as the War Between the States was.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:39 PM
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23. Yes. But I admit I'm tired of playing the part of the confederates.
Can we switch?
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:44 PM
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24. Well, nobody gets physically injured !
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:49 PM
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25. Deleted message
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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:54 PM
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26. Can I call you a Nebraska CornHoler and still vote yes?
Sorry, just jonesing for the College FB season.
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:25 PM
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43. That depends -- are you Big X or Big XII?
Either way, you're going to get slaughtered

;)
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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:37 PM
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44. Pac12
Good luck in your first year. Should be a good time for you guys to join.
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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:52 PM
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46. LOL - I'm actually a Pac 12er as well - I'm a Cal Bear
..but the Cornhusker thing is infectious
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:10 PM
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27. Compared to what?
If we don't follow the rules we are deleted or banned. Hmmm some more than others.
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:16 PM
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28. YES! Now fuck off!!!
:evilgrin: Kidding, kidding.
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:18 PM
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30. I certainly hope not!
:grr:
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:21 PM
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32. I'm rather new here
and already have an ignore list of people who are incapable of discussing a topic without pissing off not just me, but everyone in the thread.

Thank god for the ignore list however, and I will just go on about my business.

That said, I fully expect to be in other people's ignore list, because I'm not going to sit here and listen to lies without calling them out as such. I will do it as civilly as possible, but I refuse to agree with something I know is total and complete fallacy.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:25 PM
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34. I agree
I do the same, the ignore list lets me cool off, and hopefully allows time for the other party to see new information from a more palatable source. But I give up on letting folks put lipstick on a pig too.

Welcome!
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:24 PM
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33. A fight over ideas always leaves bruises. Such is life. nt
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:34 PM
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37. The concept that name calling is about ideas is odd
When a discussion actually is about ideas, civility has wide room to move. When it is just about characterizing another person that is not about 'ideas' that is just schoolyard stooges run rampant.
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:06 PM
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41. I've started in 1 thread in 2 months (about great actors of the '30s and '40s) and I got flamed
for that. :shrug: Thankfully the mods deleted the nasty little sub-thread and stopped him in his tracks.

Somebody will find an excuse to be offended by almost everything
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:10 PM
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42. Only a fucking idiot would think this board isn't civil.
:sarcasm:
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:37 PM
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45. It is what it is. It is what the membership makes of it.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:38 PM by pinto
I've read that internet anonymity, i.e. we post under "usernames", correlates with less civil discourse compared to face-to-face cultural norms. The points made were that people tend to say things they wouldn't say sitting across a table from someone, or in a public meeting and such.

Makes sense in a way, yet my point of view - it is what we make of it. :hi:



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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:13 PM
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47. Yup... and I agree with the impact of anonymity...
Hell, I'll even admit that when I recognize a username as a long term poster, it is in the back of my mind and I probably double check a bit more that my post is "soft" if in disagreement on the issue at hand.

That said, I think incivility comes in waves and is highly correlated with the flammability quotient of the "issue of the moment"...
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:19 PM
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49. Anyone remember "The Best of DU"
Something like that wouldn't be possible now, with all the acrimony and bitterness flying around. We're rarely on the same page about anything.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:21 PM
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50. There is more
there was a time when we visited with each other when we went to each other's cities. I did. I would not consider that any longer. (With a few exceptons, fingers one hand) It used NOT to be that way.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:26 PM
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51. For the most part - but then and again you get called a liar by someone who doesn't even know you...
which is pretty bizarre!
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DeadEyeDyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:33 PM
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52. to be honest, I joined DU and FR on the same day
I have admitted this on several posts.

I was told to join both in a PolySci 3.05 class in 2008. I must admit that the civility on FR is of no comparision to here. I have had people throw pizzas at me here just because I disagree, which is funny since I am black. Never happened on FR. People over there seem more secure but I sence that is largely due to the site's demographics. DU ettacts the 'leftish' young whereas FR attracts the older secure.

A;s0=== I am drunk while writing this,,
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:34 PM
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53. hasn't been for a long time now..
:(
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 03:30 AM
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54. Sometimes it's civil but sometimes I think people deliberately misunderstand
so they can make something out of nothing. :-(
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:11 PM
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SDuderstadt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:15 PM
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56. There's a big difference between...
"criticizing" the President and cravenly attacking him.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 01:06 PM
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58. Kick!
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