Why I Participate In Online Forums

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Lon Tanner, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Thomas Stearn

    Thomas Stearn Very Well-Known Member
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    I became aware of online forums some years ago. I started commenting on TV broadcasts and discovered that the community did not only talk about those but about a wide range of issues, mostly political ones, though. When the TV channel closed its forum because FB had become more in vogue I didn't want to do without online forums and began to actively look for alternatives.
    For me, online forums are an indispensable supplement to talks that I have in real life and they have some advantages:

    When I want to meet up with friends it usually takes some planning and negotiating a time that suits both or everyone involved. Sometimes expectations are high. But then we usually talk about private affairs, family, the challenges of daily life and business extensively. Only after a period of time conversation gradually shifts to such matters that are frequently and normally discussed on online forums such as political affairs and a wider range of more specific questions, topics, and interest. When it does, it's often time to say goodbye. I repeatedly notice that the exchange of opinions and ideas is not as satisfying and inspiring as on online forums because people didn't have time to inform themselves about those topics, have never heard about something etc. So real life conversations tend to be not as well-informed and interesting as some online discussions. Online discussions also take less planning. You can join and leave them as you like.

    I have benefited from researching a subject raised by others and discussed on a forum and I appreciate the wider range of opinions voiced by people I'd normally not have a chance of talking to. Contrary to what can be read in this thread I have absolutely no intention of even trying to persuade participants in a discussion. My motto is "Let's agree to differ." The fact that I usually don't reply to an argument more than once does not necessarily mean, however, that that's the end of the road. I just don't want to be argumentative. Having left my scent mark, so to speak, is enough in most cases. ;)
     
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  2. Babs Hunt

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    I like forums because I really like putting my thoughts down on "paper" more than speaking them orally...and I also like discussing a wide range of subjects with others who do too.
     
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  3. William DeFox

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    I think forums are great for provoking and stimulating thoughts, and seeking communion with like-minded spirits. They help fight the isolation which many of us can feel from time to time...
     
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  4. Lon Tanner

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    I always post what I want and let the chips fall as they may. I am not afraid of criticism or disagreement.
     
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  5. Bill Boggs

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    I suppose I participate for a number of reasons already voiced by other memnbers here on the forum. For the past thirty minutes or so I have been reading posts while I blow my harmonica. I read a little each day, I blow my harp each day. Therapy for emphysema related COPD. I retired in '96 because of emphysema. A number of doctors have said I should be dead but I keep on surprising both doctors and family by bouncing back and I am generally in good health. I no longer use my nebulizer although I have it handy if needed. No longer take Albuteral except PRN and that's once or twice a week before bedtime. I've even surprised myself a couple of times. For those of us who are mostly home bound and need a little help now and then, this forum is good news and not all forums are equal. This one seems a cut above. Makes one feel less isolated, less friendless, and maybe realize we are not alone in our misery and happiness, others share similar problems and interests. I sometimes say things I wish I had not said after thinking about it and wish I could take them back. That just reminds to be more thoughtful before I speak, sort of like engaging the brain first. I'm beginning to ramble.
     
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  6. Hal Pollner

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    I participate in Online Forums because there are such things.

    While exchanging posts with others, I find it surprising how many truly intelligent-sounding people there are, and by the same token, how many dull-sounding people there are.

    Hal
     
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  7. Emma Smith

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    Glad I saw that. I wondered if it was okay to bring something forward.

    Also, just saw a post about your wife feeling much better (shopping). Glad to hear it. Back pain is something I fear, after an experience years ago.
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    I'd much rather someone reply to an old thread than start a new one on the same topic, as long as they actually had something to add to it, of course. In fact, when I notice a new thread on a topic that has already been discussed, I often merge the two.

    Thank you. She's feeling much better now. The back pain is gone, except for that caused by the surgical wound itself.
     
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  9. Hal Pollner

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    I participate in online forums because they're there.

    Hal "Judgement for the Plaintiff...$5000."
     
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  10. Tim Burr

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    Thinking about why I'll start a thread that I know not many will read.

    Things like sports and movies are my passion, but they don't interest everyone.

    No problem. I mostly start one just to finish thoughts and ideas that I have.

    Example:

    I'm watching an old movie and an actor or actress will appear and this will
    start the wheels turning...'Where have I seen them before', 'What's their name', etc.

    So I open a 'note' with my guesses, a list as it were, of movies, names, etc.
    This leads to other movies, actors, more movies, and it goes on and on.

    When I get to a point that makes 'some' sense to me, I'll copy, give it a title
    and post it.

    So what I post is mostly to complete a circle that has to be finished.
     
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  11. Beth Gallagher

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    I like online forums because I can interact with people while sitting in my PJs with my hair all stringy and no one is the wiser. :p
     
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  12. Ken Anderson

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    Perfect.
     
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  13. Holly Saunders

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    Ha!! me too... and I don't have to go out in the cold and wet either to meet up with someone to just chat and have coffee:D
     
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