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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

I've noticed over the few years I've spent on tp (and the internet in general) that people feel far less inhibited in sharing strong opinions on anything and everything.

What I want to know is, how do you feel in general when someone shares their opinion with you when it wasn't asked for?

Do you enjoy a debate or does it all just irritate the hell out of you?

come on! share your opinions ;)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

It all depends on the topic of discussion and the person voicing their opinion. I have a problem with someone just offering up their opinion on politics or health-related issues because we seem to rarely agree. I usually view someone who feels the need to give their unsolicited opinion as actually seeking affirmation and support for their point of view because they haven't gotten it somewhere else. I'm also unaccepting of those who decide they need to comment on my lifestyle because it differs from theirs. Most other subjects are open for discussion. (Okay, I'm tired of talking about Baby Bush too, but guess that falls under the politics heading.)

I do enjoy a good debate but I am also irritated if I decline and the "opponent" won't let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak.

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I like discussions and to react on opinions not asked for. even if it is discussing for the sake of discussion. discussions about nothing I particularly like. but not many agree with that, so even that is a discussion.

[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2007, at 2:08 PM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I love a good debate - especially in forums like this. It's a good way to entice people to participate and share their thoughts. Plus there's something to getting all riled up by what someone said and then piecing together a good reply.

What I don't appreciate is when people take your answers out of context, or misrepresent what you said to prove their point. I also can't stand ad hominum attacks and swearing to prove a point. It makes people look ignorant and brings the debate to a quick, disappointing close.

Moralizing when it wasn't asked for is a big no-no too. We all have our own opinions, morals, lifestyles, and what have you. If someone starts a thread on a particular subject to gather information, it isn't fair or in good taste to judge them on what they're asking. Either give an answer, point them in a new direction, or move on to another thread.

5. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

As long as the person has good arguments to support what there are saying, I enjoy it. What i cant stand it´s when they want me to change my way of thinking because am not agree with them.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting mim

I've noticed over the few years I've spent on tp (and the internet in general) that people feel far less inhibited in sharing strong opinions on anything and everything.

What I want to know is, how do you feel in general when someone shares their opinion with you when it wasn't asked for?

Do you enjoy a debate or does it all just irritate the hell out of you?

come on! share your opinions ;)

To be honest, I'd like to share opinions in general, but not often anymore here on TP. The main reason is that sharing your opinion is often followed by so called 'objective' opinions from moderators who think what they do is all great. I started comparing TP with countries like Cuba, North korea and Myanmar unfortunately.
I know there are 'rules' but if I can not give opinions about certain things without it being followed by indeed irritating posts from others, than I don't like it. In a debate every opinion can be said, not only the ones who fit TP.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

I have a problem with someone just offering up their opinion on politics or health-related issues because we seem to rarely agree.

I understand this if it is irrelevant to the debate, but if the subject is about politics or health, is it problem that you don't agree? If we all agree, what's the need?

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

To be honest, I'd like to share opinions in general, but not often anymore here on TP. The main reason is that sharing your opinion is often followed by so called 'objective' opinions from moderators who think what they do is all great

little bit true I am afraid

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Now now Wouterrr and Utrecht. I have refrained from replying to several of your 'jabs' at moderators, but you've got to get over this problem with moderators! You both seem to have a real issue with what you see as some kind of power that moderators have and I guess it doesn't sit well with you that on a few occassions threads that drifted way off topic were brought back on topic (actually not by moderators, but by me). All moderators do are to keep posts in the forum within the simple set of rules we have for the forums. I think you'll struggle to find a nice friendly forum with less rules than our.

Opinions as part of a debate are healthy and encouraged here on TP, but opinions made purely to get a rise out of someone or attacking someone are not. This is a general and easy to follow rule and you both did just fine with it the first hundreds of posts you made. What changed?

And of course it goes without saying that if you have a problem with TP, you're more than welcome to just stop posting altogether. That's what I would do if I didn't agree with a simple set of rules....

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Well, Sam, the 'problem' is that I still like TP and most of the members and I still think every single moderator and admin is doing a great job, don't let me be misunderstood. So I won't stop posting here for that reason. But not always and lately just more frequently not.
In certain occasions, things have happened which were just by the rules but weren't appreciated unfortunately. In the way I described....'objective' opinions or things that should be done this and this way. And that's all I hate