Are there any topics that shouldn't be discussed on a public forum?

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08/07/2012 at 16:28

I think that if things can be discussed in a manner that is not purposely designed to give offense, then why can we not have adult conversations about things?  How can we learn about things if we don't discuss them?

If you don't want to learn about some things, then don't read the arguments for and against....

Personally, I feel I am quite open-minded, but am always willing to learn more about things I know little about.  The only exception I make to anything is if someone is trying to force an opinion upon me.

Edited: 08/07/2012 at 16:32
08/07/2012 at 16:36

I think it is because forum discussions tend to be so faceless and emotion can't be read into things easily, so you read the words and decide for yourself the emotion that was intended by the person whose post you are reading, which could be completely different to the emotion that was actually intended.....

08/07/2012 at 16:41

I do like to debate things. I prefer to listen when I have no experience of things, but will discuss things I know a bit more about.

No-one seems to like to debate any more  - for fear of causing offence maybe?

08/07/2012 at 16:47

I will try and respect anyone's point of view as long as their opinion is not rude or offensive.  But at the end of the day it is their opinion to which they are entitled and sometimes it's a case of 'agree to disagree'.

08/07/2012 at 16:55
Edited: 08/07/2012 at 16:56
08/07/2012 at 16:57

Everything can be controversial and/or emotional with the right people.....

I couldn't find that thread the other day. I was finding it interesting though.

Everyone is different - that is what makes us all individual, but it seems to me these days that everyone is being encouraged NOT to think for themselves, and yet we can debate things here, such as running styles and how best to train for certain events and that's OK. When we venture out to try other things, people start getting funny (and not in a ha-ha kind of way).

08/07/2012 at 16:58

Cheers Gertie! I did a search for it and nothing came up. Obviously search engine is watching the tennis....

08/07/2012 at 16:59

I suppose there is also the "children might be reading RW" point -- I don't think there should be limits in principle, but maybe on here ....

Edited to add: I don't think that applies to the specific thread you mentioned. No problem with that being on here as far as I'm concerned.

Edited: 08/07/2012 at 17:07
08/07/2012 at 16:59

Was gonna ppost what Gertie did - post is still there.

As for topics that shouldn't be discussed - maybe something clearly illegal, like tips on how to murder someone, or where to find child porn. But I can't really see these sort of things beign discussed on runners world really!


08/07/2012 at 17:13

..........................become a metropolitan police officer

Edited: 08/07/2012 at 17:14
08/07/2012 at 17:17

or a Muslim preacher of hate.

08/07/2012 at 17:37

Personally, I might accept that they wouldn't necessarily expect some very "adult" material to be on "Runners World", so I would be willing to exercise some restraint

Other sites are available

Edited: 08/07/2012 at 17:38
08/07/2012 at 19:08
kittenkat wrote (see)
This forum is very tame though, which isn't a criticism, it's a nice aspect. It's just when anything controversial does come up it gets blown up to be such a big deal. And in the big scheme of things, it probably wasn't that controversial in the first place!

Spam Wombles? 

08/07/2012 at 20:13

There seem to be a small section of the forum that like to take offense at things and another small section that like to stir up the debate so that it will inevitably become offensive.

As for topics, I don't think that anything should be out of bounds as long as it is discussed with consideration for other peoples views and it isn't personal to any one specific forumite.  Keep the discussion general and interesting rather than attacking individuals.

09/07/2012 at 10:07
Sean G wrote (see)
kittenkat wrote (see)
This forum is very tame though, which isn't a criticism, it's a nice aspect. It's just when anything controversial does come up it gets blown up to be such a big deal. And in the big scheme of things, it probably wasn't that controversial in the first place!

Spam Wombles? 

Ha! I was going to say that, how many pages are those threads running at now?

There are lots of things that I wouldn't discuss on a public forum, but have no objection to other people discussing it. At least it helps identify who the people with bigoted Daily Mail reader-type opinions are so that I know who to ignore in future

Edited: 09/07/2012 at 10:08
09/07/2012 at 12:00
I think we all need more controversial subjects. I like finding out about things that are not widely discussed. I often challenge my way of thinking as well as other peoples thinking, and lot of people do find me weird in that way but I am, like anyone else, also guilty in settling in my opinions at times. I get upset too easy too and perhaps getting different perspectives in subjects will help me develop myself as a person.

I could throw some meaty subjects out there but after the recent hostile reaction I got I'm quite scared of doing it now... Don't like to upset people in any way.
09/07/2012 at 12:52

Elli, I wonder if those people really were upset or just pretending to be in order to get a reaction from yourself. Rhetorical indignation if you like.

09/07/2012 at 12:58
Well if that was the aim they definitely succeeded.
09/07/2012 at 13:27

Elli, be brave and keep the controversial subjects coming.  Issues like the one you raised need talking about otherwise how are those of us that are new to the ideas able to accept and understand the issues of others.

You will always upset someone, but to be honest that is their problem.  As long as you are respectful of others (i.e. not bigoted) then there will always be plenty of people around to support your right to ask questions.  Some people seem to like being offended.

09/07/2012 at 13:33

+1 with SuperCaz 

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