QUOTE (Dhyana @ Mar 19 2006, 05:35 AM)
Dynamics on boards such as this are an amazing thing. I myself quickly get confused when I send a post that I consider important or really good in some way -- and get no response, or only tangential responses that ignore the points I wish to share.
There is no conspiracy, I am quite sure of that! Also quite sure that there is no "pariah label" behind the scarcity of responses that you are perceiving.
One thing that I can imagine comes into play would be a reluctance to, on the one hand, comment freely and trigger yet another round of passionate discussion, with the risk of hurting one another's feelings... and, on the other hand, the reluctance to mentally censor one's comments as to keep them smooth and safe.
Dhyana, thanks for the reply. You bring up a lot of possibilities that help one understand the dynamics of forum postings. It was a worry, that once a person makes a passionate stand on an issue, that then the person becomes branded in some way. This is by and large a site for devotees who have left the movement, so if say you support or like the art and writings of a person like SDG, who is emblematic of ISKCON history in many ways, you may be putting yourself into a position of argument instead of discussion. I purposely quite posting on the SDG art thread after emptying my head as to why I liked that kind of art and tried to make amends with anyone I passionately debated or offended.
Your examples were great, concerning why you may consider not writing a response to certain members, whether it just be how the topic question is structured or not wanting to get into debates that may hurt feelings or bring up anger.
So many possibilities exist and not being a mind reader, why let paranoia destroy ya! It may be that this is a good online community full of smart funny diverse thinking people and one would not like to lose touch with it because of one strong passionate viewpoint.
Live and learn, post and boast, debate and relate, gaff and laugh, learn and churn, spiel and heal, type and gripe, spin and grin and lastly—never end to befriend! Thanx!