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Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:26 PM

Why I bought a star.

I do not have many posts but have been poking around in DU for years. My sister, DUer SmileyRose joined back when it was WhistleAss vs Al Gore. She eventually got terminal and asked me to keep an eye on the site for her. She love you guys.

Immediate I saw why. Despite the turmoil lately and the loss of some familiar names, I think this website has a valuable roll to play in my life. I've done everything from kill time, to play fight, to roll eyes at the games others play, to get a real education on issues or to simply open my mind to different viewpoints.

At the end of the day I am grateful to Skinner and Elad and Earl G and whoever else is turning the knobs behind the curtain for this platform. Also the DU community for everything you've given to me and to my sister before me.


And it did not escape my notice that I never saw that DU robot once during this last debate / DNC fiasco thingy. The investment in new hardware obviously paid off. Wish I could have given more to the cause.....


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Reply Why I bought a star. (Original post)
KentuckyWoman Dec 2015 OP
one_voice Dec 2015 #1
panader0 Dec 2015 #2
Hekate Dec 2015 #3
etherealtruth Dec 2015 #4
justhanginon Dec 2015 #5
lpbk2713 Dec 2015 #6
Buzz Clik Dec 2015 #7
MeNMyVolt Dec 2015 #8
sufrommich Dec 2015 #9
shireen Dec 2015 #10
JHB Dec 2015 #11
pintobean Dec 2015 #15
KentuckyWoman Dec 2015 #24
tularetom Dec 2015 #12
MissDeeds Dec 2015 #17
murielm99 Dec 2015 #13
stevil Dec 2015 #14
Tab Dec 2015 #16
Tab Dec 2015 #23
Duval Dec 2015 #18
oldtime dfl_er Dec 2015 #19
JohnnyRingo Dec 2015 #20
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2015 #21
pipoman Dec 2015 #22

Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:33 PM

1. K&R

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:36 PM

2. Here's to your sister SmileyRose....

And the star comes in handy so you don't have to see the ads.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:38 PM

3. Are you trying to renew my faith in DU?

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:41 PM

4. You captured the spirit of DU perfectly!

So glad you are here and infinitely glad your sister was happy here.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:55 PM

5. Well said. Finally bought a star myself as I am grateful for this site.

Most of the time!

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:00 PM

6. I always thought having a star was kind of like voting.




If you don't have it you don't have any business complaining.

WTG



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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:03 PM

7. Haven't had a star for years.

 

Given the attitudes of certain DUers, I'm likely to be picking one up soon.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt!

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:06 PM

8. That was a really beautiful post.

 

Your sister, and now you, are making this a better place.

Recommend.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:07 PM

9. I bought one too and I haven't had one for quite awhile. nt

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:23 PM

10. I miss grovelbot.




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Response to shireen (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:34 PM

11. Oh, he's just fine, livin' the life...

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Response to shireen (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:24 PM

15. He was hired back for the server upgrade

but he might have been a temp.

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Response to shireen (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 09:11 PM

24. THAT'S his name... couldn't remember. THANKS !!

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 04:35 PM

12. This has been a great place over the years - what's happened here lately is sad

I very seriously doubt that I'll be renewing my star after nine or ten years. I have no problem if the owners/administrators have their own political preferences, they are human beings just like the rest of us. But the perception that they are administering the site according to their own biases and applying different standards to members based on which candidate they support is real and it is widespread. So I'll probably be redirecting any contributions I made to DU, directly to the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:40 PM

17. Well said n/t

 

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:16 PM

13. I thought about not renewing my star,

and I have bought one for years.

I think there are many freepers and people at CU who would like to see this site fail. They are probably jumping for joy when they see the ruin that this primary is creating, and the broken jury system.

I think all this will pass. I will probably continue to come here, and to pay my way. I learn here, in spite of the recent turmoil.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:16 PM

14. Yes

This place is worth it, I'll get a star in a month or two when I can afford it.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 05:34 PM

16. This is one of the few

ah, shit - the only - places that I go for whatever I need; support, kindred souls, whatever.

Once or twice as finances have been problematic, I occasionally will back down, but when I do, this is inevitably one of the first things I try to restore.

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Response to Tab (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 07:47 PM

23. I'm in a tight situation now, but I tossed in a few bucks.

I know keeping up with this traffic is not easy.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:05 PM

18. You have given more, by posting a warm OP.

 

Thank you KentuckyWoman.

for SmileyRose




for you

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:16 PM

19. Great post

I don't post much, but I lurk a lot and learn a lot. Thanks for putting voice to what I feel! It's why I buy stars too.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 06:27 PM

20. K&R!

Make yourself at home, I'll get you a sandwich and a cold drink.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 07:21 PM

21. I gave for years, and I gave for others as well

 

no more. Nope, not becuase of the bans directed at fans of a certain campaign. They are annoying as hell, but DU is DU and the seasonal bans are regular problems that go with the yuletide and all that. Nope not that at all. The persistent bullying that is allowed.

Recently that has stopped, but that has not one iota to do with management, In fact, I suspect they approve of it, just like they prefer to ban trouble makers. It is part of the site management. Enjoy your star. I enjoy my add blocker. That one was free. Though I did donate to the code writer.

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Response to KentuckyWoman (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2015, 07:38 PM

22. Here's the link...

 

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