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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 3:41 pm 
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The thread drift debating the societal cause/effect was pseudo political and not hiking related and thus off limits in trail talk regardless of how civil.  The thread served its purpose to alert users to theft/vandalism at the Dickerman trailhead.
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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 3:44 pm 
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You're strict, Tom, but right.   doh.gif

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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 4:28 pm 
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Well, this thread led me to the break-in thread that I might have missed so thanks for that.

I'd have to agree that while that discussion was interesting, it was definitely political.  Not really a close call in my view.

I wonder if people at the social discussed human nature and how to optimize social interactions like we have here at NWHikers which quickly get rough?
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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 5:53 pm 
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Hard to say since those those with a proclivity to discuss the finer details don't seem to have the time to show up to the socials. cool.gif
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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 6:27 pm 
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It's hard for us hiking bots to take physical form.
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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 7:16 pm 
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Bernardo wrote:
I wonder if people at the social discussed human nature and how to optimize social interactions like we have here at NWHikers which quickly get rough?

Imo, they are way different in person, but of course they were busy eating, drinking, and being merry. I used to battle some with big Steve and I found him to be a very nice guy when I met at a social about 3 years ago. Even Tom was no where near the big, scary guy that I pictured in my mind. clown.gif

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PostMon Dec 17, 2018 9:14 pm 
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Bernardo wrote:
It's hard for us hiking bots to take physical form.

You got that right ....!

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Since when was there an expectation that discussion wouldn't be 'endless'?

What are the *specifics* of the metrics used as to who is supposed to be satisfied by a discussion, or how long an argument is 'endless', or what 'value' is?

To me, the 'me too choir' adds zero value. Especially when it's basis is people who complain that a topic doesn't go their way, and think that shutting down a conversation, even ones in which which no one is attacked.... is a good approach to 'community'. Steering topics is what editorialists do, not people interested in actual conversation or 'value'.

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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 2:58 pm 
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MtnGoat wrote:
Since when was there an expectation that discussion wouldn't be 'endless'?

There's a difference between actual discussion (where there's a sense of progress), and just playing games.  In chess, after 3 repetitions it's a draw.

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To me, the 'me too choir' adds zero value.

Same here.
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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 3:35 pm 
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MtnGoat wrote:
Since when was there an expectation that discussion wouldn't be 'endless'?

What are the *specifics* of the metrics used as to who is supposed to be satisfied by a discussion, or how long an argument is 'endless', or what 'value' is?

To me, the 'me too choir' adds zero value. Especially when it's basis is people who complain that a topic doesn't go their way, and think that shutting down a conversation, even ones in which which no one is attacked.... is a good approach to 'community'. Steering topics is what editorialists do, not people interested in actual conversation or 'value'.

Well said. It seemed to me the entire thread was on-topic, with valid points on all sides. God forbid, anyone make elitists uncomfortable with talk of, ummm, elitism.  There is a thick vein of it that runs through American wilderness history going back to the 1920s at least. It seems it ought to be discussed--and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie issue is (was) a perfect intersect.
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Thanks for locking the other thread, Tom.
Maybe a few more thread locks might convey a much-needed message to a few players here who  are hellbent on perpetuating arguments for arguments sake.

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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 4:22 pm 
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Priceless coming from you, Ski. wink.gif

Tom, kind of an eye-opener here.  It seems what you've created is a de-facto private club. A sort of bobble-head progressive dinner party. On one hand, I can appreciate efforts to limit non-outdoor political discussion. On the other, I have rarely encountered someone with sensibilities as delicate as yours. It truly does seem to me when a discussion, even a civil one, doesn't comport with your world view, you simply shut it down. Completely your privilege, yes--but not a club I want to participate in.

Enjoy the limited little world you are creating. I'm out.
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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 4:24 pm 
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Donít let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out.

How about we talk about hiking, post pretty pictures, help out newbies, cook good food, give useful links, talk about threatened areas, help each other hike, find partners, and just get along. Toss this political shiz where it belongs.

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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 5:40 pm 
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Seeing everything one disagrees with as political, is evidence the observer is the politics.

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PostTue Jan 07, 2020 6:57 pm 
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Mtn Goat wrote:
What are the *specifics* of the metrics used as to who is supposed to be satisfied by a discussion, or how long an argument is 'endless', or what 'value' is?

Brian R wrote:
It seems what you've created is a de-facto private club. A sort of bobble-head progressive dinner party. On one hand, I can appreciate efforts to limit non-outdoor political discussion. On the other, I have rarely encountered someone with sensibilities as delicate as yours. It truly does seem to me when a discussion, even a civil one, doesn't comport with your world view, you simply shut it down. Completely your privilege, yes--but not a club I want to participate in.

Actually, there are 3 NWH moderators; two of us are a little more shadowy. Bringing me onboard a couple years ago was the idea of moderator #2, for specific reasons, one being to add gender balance that was lost when the last female moderator left the territory (or something like that).  I've preferred to alert Tom when I think something should be locked; it hasn't happened often, and at least a couple times he's said, "No, it's OK."

I think Tom's been pretty tolerant when we go off on tangents.  I get his objection to endless digressions when they become unproductive, especially if the individuals debating don't participate much in other areas that are the whole point of the NWH's existence.  The topical bandwidth and various personalities I've come to "know" keep me engaged here.  NWH is pretty exemplary when it comes to fostering a sense of community.  Given some of the stuff that gets flung around here, no one can honestly say Tom is intolerant of our "eccentricities"  clown.gif

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