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Antediluvian

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I just left a forum where I "contributed" several thousand posts to, out of boredom, I suppose, or maybe I didn't see any opportunities for proper discussion. Most likely, both were persuaders to my leaving the forum. Of course, I had to fill the gap with other forums, such as this one.

So, here comes the awkward question: how often do you abandon internet forums?
 

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I've owned a couple different cars, and was an active member in those cars respected forums, one I've sold the car, there went my time spent in the active forum.

For me, the way I see it is, if it doesn't provide anything I need, why be there?

There's no reason also to create a big going away post or anything, simple just stop visiting the website and continue your life as you see fit. I'm trying to scale down my internet life to pursue more time outside of this digital box.

I find communities with limited access, invite only areas with a smaller population, to be more at home for me, as @Auburn said in your other post, quality over quantity, any day of the week. I much rather have something with proper content or intriguing thoughts vs. a whole bunch of bland bs.
 

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I've probably posted on 10-15 different ones over the years.

Typically now I'm really only a poster on three, and my posting is in decline on one.

Basically, once the people I like talking to and/or the topical matter gets old, then I just drift over time and disappear. I think that's what happens with many, they just slowly migrate towards what best suits their needs and interests.
 

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Until I get chased out. Happens a fair bit, as many forums are really "yes" boards where different ideas aren't tolerated. This place unlike most others in that regards
 

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Until I get chased out. Happens a fair bit, as many forums are really "yes" boards where different ideas aren't tolerated. This place unlike most others in that regards

Seconded.

-Duxwing
 

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I post on 6 different forums on a rang of different topics. The only forum that I left quite expeditiously was INTJforum because a great many people there seemed to be bat shit insane.
 

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This is only my second forum and I like the concept enough. I do get board sometimes so I should probably do more than just the one forum. I did leave my last forum because I felt they where close minded to my perspective in general. While not everyone here agrees with me there a much better mix of perspectives here. I am wondering if I should look at any other forums. I am open to other ideas. However, I think I will keep this one as my only MBTI type forum because otherwise I will get confused were I am at and who I am talking to.
 

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Less often than they abandon me, apparently.

No, I don't know. I'll probably abandon the Chrysler minivan forum if and when I ever sell my van, but for right now, it's extremely helpful to have a place to go to and say "The fucking piece of shit broke again! Somebody please tell me what the fuck I have to go out and buy now, and how I'm supposed to take the old one off and put the new one on! GOD DAMNIT!"

Well, actually, I don't say it like that. If I did, all the ***s injected by the auto-censoring feature of that forum would make my message quite unintelligible, but the intonation is always there. But that site works differently than this one. In exchange for obtaining useful information and helpful advice on how to keep my junk heap running, I'm expected to reciprocate by helping others keep their junk heaps running to the best of my ability. It's not an obligatory requirement or anything, but if you get lax on the info upstream, people will call you out in a friendly reminder-ish way. "Gotta replace that upstream 02 sensor #1 eh newbie? @Solitaire, since he just did it a month ago, we're SURE he'll be willing to walk you through it." Heh, fuckers. :)

Since this board isn't objective based, I have the luxury of being totally irresponsible. But even if I wake up tomorrow and find that I'm now an ESFJ, I probably won't bail this forum. I can't say I obtain much useful information here in comparison to other, goal oriented sites I frequent (with the exception of "What are you listening to redux", of course), but I'm somewhat addicted to watching all of you evolve (or devolve, or simply revolve), especially Duxwing. Hence, I can't envision myself abandoning this site in the foreseeable future.
 

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Less often than they abandon me, apparently.

No, I don't know. I'll probably abandon the Chrysler minivan forum if and when I ever sell my van, but for right now, it's extremely helpful to have a place to go to and say "The fucking piece of shit broke again! Somebody please tell me what the fuck I have to go out and buy now, and how I'm supposed to take the old one off and put the new one on! GOD DAMNIT!"

Well, actually, I don't say it like that. If I did, all the ***s injected by the auto-censoring feature of that forum would make my message quite unintelligible, but the intonation is always there. But that site works differently than this one. In exchange for obtaining useful information and helpful advice on how to keep my junk heap running, I'm expected to reciprocate by helping others keep their junk heaps running to the best of my ability. It's not an obligatory requirement or anything, but if you get lax on the info upstream, people will call you out in a friendly reminder-ish way. "Gotta replace that upstream 02 sensor #1 eh newbie? @Solitaire, since he just did it a month ago, we're SURE he'll be willing to walk you through it." Heh, fuckers. :)

Since this board isn't objective based, I have the luxury of being totally irresponsible. But even if I wake up tomorrow and find that I'm now an ESFJ, I probably won't bail this forum. I can't say I obtain much useful information here in comparison to other, goal oriented sites I frequent (with the exception of "What are you listening to redux", of course), but I'm somewhat addicted to watching all of you evolve (or devolve, or simply revolve), especially Duxwing. Hence, I can't envision myself abandoning this site in the foreseeable future.

Awwww. I'm glad that you find me interesting. :)

-Duxwing
 

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You're definitely a person of interest to me. Just don't get all squishy-feely-huggy about it. :)
 

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I think what we find interesting in you @Duxwing is what you'll become. Maybe it's just me. But you being young, well spoken and outcastish at your school (I think), it's fun to see what directions people take in life, the ups and downs and all that jazz. :)
 

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You're definitely a person of interest to me. Just don't get all squishy-feely-huggy about it. :)

*chuckles* I'll try to contain my hugging urges somehow. ;)

@Nick The paths that young ones take certainly could intrigue those who have already made their way: a kind of live experiment, an almost vicarious experience of youth for those who have lost it. Am I correct, Solitaire?

-Duxwing
 

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Most of the time forums appear brainlessly polemical. The order of the day is usually inflammatory accusations without much intellectual ballast. In essence, forums are populated by blind gainsaying and emotionality disguised as fervent belief. It's a virtual consolation for many people's inability to cope with reality. The people who act big and tough online probably suffer from debilitating interpersonal and vocational insecurities; their grandiosity betrays the knowledge in their secret heart that they are, in fact, worthless and enslaved by paltry gnosis and emotional compulsions.
 

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Most of the time forums appear brainlessly polemical. The order of the day is usually inflammatory accusations without much intellectual ballast. In essence, forums are populated by blind gainsaying and emotionality disguised as fervent belief. It's a virtual consolation for many people's inability to cope with reality. The people who act big and tough online probably suffer from debilitating interpersonal and vocational insecurities; their grandiosity betrays the knowledge in their secret heart that they are, in fact, worthless and enslaved by paltry gnosis and emotional compulsions.

Psychological Projection at its finest.
 

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Psychological Projection at its finest.

I knew you would say that - I almost mentioned you!

When I typed "brainlessly polemical," I thought of SpaceYeti and you. :phear:

At least you stayed within the framework of my outline. :D

Psychological Projection at its finest.
The order of the day is usually inflammatory accusations without much intellectual ballast.
 

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I care but I don't feel you're eminently guilty of the blind gainsaying and brainless polemical (a la SpaceYeti and redbaron) that I discuss. ;)

Not particularly. Many others would disagree. ^_^

The problem pertains to communication. I don't know how to effectively communicate to people that they know nothing about the topic they're trying to discuss.
 

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Not particularly.

Well, clearly everyone has an ego and a certain reluctance to accept challenging views. I only take umbrage to a case in which ego and emotionality supplant actual reasoning. :facepalm:
 

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Well, clearly everyone has an ego and a certain reluctance to accept challenging views. I only take umbrage to a case in which ego and emotionality supplant actual reasoning. :facepalm:

Changing my views according to reason and evidence is how I came to this position in the first place. My belief system essentially did a 180 degrees turn. I think the resultant epiphany occurred 6 years ago.
 

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Not particularly. Many others would disagree. ^_^

The problem pertains to communication. I don't know how to effectively communicate to people that they know nothing about the topic they're trying to discuss.

I wouldn't overanalyze it. Wittgenstein said something like his main problem was expression.

My difficulty is only an — enormous — difficulty of expression.

It's perhaps an issue with Ni-dom folk. I would just put the most substantial things out there and rebuff or disabuse the idiots as far and reasonably as possible.

I feel you actually reason, Proxy, which is why you were exempted from redbaron's company. :rip:
 

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In other words, there are some forum members for whom a cogent argument wouldn't sway their minds. I, at once, pity and despise such people. :angel:
 

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This is the only forum I have ever contributed to. Otherwise I just pop around forums to ask technical questions and sometimes rant a little bit.

This is the only place where I have been personally involved completely and actually post on a regular basis.
 

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I think I more or less abandoned the whole idea of forum life more than just a forum. This is the only place where I stuck around for longer, but eventually even here got a bit... boring.
I kinda miss participating in a forum, so I still come and check it out every couple of days hoping I'll feel the need to participate, but rarely do. I also tried a few other forums, but they kept my attention for about 2 days each :slashnew:
 

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*chuckles* I'll try to contain my hugging urges somehow. ;)

@Nick The paths that young ones take certainly could intrigue those who have already made their way: a kind of live experiment, an almost vicarious experience of youth for those who have lost it. Am I correct, Solitaire?

-Duxwing

Good, I can feel your Love. I am defenseless. Take your Arms. Hug me down with all of your LOOOOVE and your journey towards the darkLight side will be complete!

(I am betting Dux will turn into me :D)
 

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I've given this place up so many times. :smoker:

I post on 6 different forums on a rang of different topics. The only forum that I left quite expeditiously was INTJforum because a great many people there seemed to be bat shit insane.

Proxy rang our bell - the only INTJ for our belfry.

:smiley_emoticons_mr


I think INTJforum was perhaps the first forum I joined. It wasn't always draconian with rules. I lurked ENTP.org long enough to decide I probably wasn't one. Tried INTPcentral, then several failed attempts at INTP breakaway forums that may or may not have involved Shai Gar, ran like hell from the type fairy's dolphin plastered walls, found this almost unpopulated haven of darkness - tried to reconcile myself with INFJ forum culture, was led by curiosity to see what ENFPs post about and... of them all, this is the only place I return.

Oh - there was that luvoxy place once or twice. Nice decor. :D
 

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This is the first forum I've ever joined, still here. I wonder if I'll ever leave? :confused:
 

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When I typed "brainlessly polemical," I thought of SpaceYeti and you.

If a desire to see things expressed truthfully causes me to be perceived as (or simply be) polemical, then so be it. If people allow themselves to get upset or annoyed by what I post, too bad - suck it up.
 

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I find myself unable to leave a forum I had a postcount of 550 in; thinking and re-thinking those posts before posting means that I've spent a lot more time over there than one would deduce from my postcount.

Also, I'm a sentimental nut.
 

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Well, clearly everyone has an ego and a certain reluctance to accept challenging views. I only take umbrage to a case in which ego and emotionality supplant actual reasoning. :facepalm:

I remember I made a random comment that ego protects people from the truth. Someone responded by saying that it was stunningly accurate, even if that were true I saw it as entirely blatant. That's the point, I suppose, that ego can protect against the obvious.

I also recall from my psychology class the vague notion that cognitive scientists are beginning to see that emotion plays a role in rational thought. They seem at odds, but maybe emotions are just directional things, and the left side of the brain has to do gymnastics to support and justify them. It sort of reminds me of experiments done that separate the halves of the brain via the corpus callosum.
 

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I remember I made a random comment that ego protects people from the truth. Someone responded by saying that it was stunningly accurate, even if that were true I saw it as entirely blatant. That's the point, I suppose, that ego can protect against the obvious.

I also recall from my psychology class the vague notion that cognitive scientists are beginning to see that emotion plays a role in rational thought. They seem at odds, but maybe emotions are just directional things, and the left side of the brain has to do gymnastics to support and justify them. It sort of reminds me of experiments done that separate the halves of the brain via the corpus callosum.

The two hemispheres are more interlinked than originally thought. When processing language, for example, the left brain processes grammar while the right brain processes intonation; both are active, but in different ways.

-Duxwing
 

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They are interlinked, but can function separately in their own ways. The separate functioning reveals something.
 

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I remember I made a random comment that ego protects people from the truth. Someone responded by saying that it was stunningly accurate, even if that were true I saw it as entirely blatant. That's the point, I suppose, that ego can protect against the obvious.

I also recall from my psychology class the vague notion that cognitive scientists are beginning to see that emotion plays a role in rational thought. They seem at odds, but maybe emotions are just directional things, and the left side of the brain has to do gymnastics to support and justify them. It sort of reminds me of experiments done that separate the halves of the brain via the corpus callosum.

@Antediluvian

There's some support for Fe as rational function - well, Fe is called a Jungian rational function - in Dario Nardi's research.

Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

Fe types:
Focus on social responsibility.
Stimulated by communicating their explanations and decisions.
Use Fp1 to suppress emotional impulses from deep in the brain in favor of sophisticated cognitive responses.
Use Fp2 less, so may sometimes suddenly switch from highly composed to very angry.
Use F5 a lot, which helps them adjust to social feedback.

ExFJs show high activity in T3, but least activity in visual regions O1 and O2. ESFJs are more left-brained, high in C3 and F7. ENFJs are might right-brained, showing high activity in F4 and T4.

http://www.typologycentral.com/foru...6-dario-nardi-s-neuroscience-personality.html

Fe is a judging, rational function according to Jung. In some sense, however, Jung and the OED differ on the meaning of rational. :^^:

I term the two preceding types [Te and Fe] rational or judging types because they are characterized by the supremacy of the reasoning and the judging functions. It is a general distinguishing mark of both types that their life is, to a large extent, subordinated to reasoning judgment.

But yeah, what you're talking about might even allude to hindsight bias or cognitive dissonance.
 

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But yeah, what you're talking about might even allude to hindsight bias or cognitive dissonance.

@snafupants

Hindsight bias sort of rings a bell, but doesn't fully (though that seems redundant, I added this for clarity) encompass what I was trying to get at. It's a fine, limited example, though.

As far as Fe being considered a Jungian rational function, well, in a specific context it functions rationally, so it fits, I suppose.
 

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I guess with forums I have been searching for something I haven't found yet. Or, closer to accuracy, I didn't or don't know what I was searching for, consciously. A submersed psychological drive that hasn't been slaked yet.
 

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*chuckles* I'll try to contain my hugging urges somehow. ;)

@Nick The paths that young ones take certainly could intrigue those who have already made their way: a kind of live experiment, an almost vicarious experience of youth for those who have lost it. Am I correct, Solitaire?

-Duxwing

Heh heh heh...What are you trying to do, drown me? I already have more vicarious youth than I can stand via my 2 children, thank you very much. :)
 

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Before this forum I have been an active participant on only one other (a gaming forum). The complete lack of sense and intolerance for divergent thought was palpable. I discontinued my subscription as soon as I found INTPf, and although I have tried my hand at some other forums in an attempt to round my understanding of different types, I have never felt the inclination to be more than a casual observer on these. I'm thinking of joining an ENTP forum as I suspect I may be an ENTP, but I doubt it will be as homely as here.
 

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About once every three years, I guess? That's counting the ones I got booted from, though. If those don't count, then... um... I haven't left this one, yet... one every ten years? Though, one of the two I was kicked from, it was because one of the mods was actually just a bizzle and I left before even realizing I was kicked, and then I was apologized to and invited back, but I didn't want to post there while that mod was still a mod, so I'm not sure if I should count that.

Are we counting the ones we never posted much on in the first place, abandoning before 100 posts? If so, probably once a yearish.
 

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Until I get chased out. Happens a fair bit, as many forums are really "yes" boards where different ideas aren't tolerated. This place unlike most others in that regards

hell yerr, pretty much my impression

Im also fascinated by how people find it funny to repeat the same albeit slowly evolving memetics of the forum they hang on day after day. It's like some strange but very uninteresting ritual to keep the wheel spinning.
 
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