I've noticed various users state that the motive behind interacting by making a comment is simply to debate. Not to have a productive, progressive discussion or to explore new possibilities. Yet simply to seemingly boost their egos and desperately try to show off what they know (or think they know). This often is expressed with entitelment as if they have a right or innately deserve cooperation, extensive time, thought, and effort from a total stranger for no other reason that they chose to invite themselves to that person's space.
I can't get into that. I come here to HELP. My motive for being here is to advise and guide not to waste dialogues and valuably limited time alive bickering in front of a screen. It seems like an utter waste of time to me especially if these individuals do not have the skill and social refinery to adquately debate in a way that's effective.
What's your view on this overall topic? What do you think is the thought process behind people like that? What motivates you to come to GAG?
i would argue that part of having a productive discussion actually does involve debate. You make zero impact with people in life if all you're doing is patting each other on the back and not really challenging the other person to think harder. A lot of people claim they are here for help, but in actuality they are here just to find confirmation bias in the people they are asking for "help". They want people to agree with whatever preconceived notions they logged on with, and they would like to log off with them too. So with some people, challenging them is helping them. Not being open to debate or being challenged is a self admission of the weaknesses in your own point of view. So its not quite as black and white as you're making it here in my opinion.
I come on here to post. That post may part of a debate, it may be part of a jovial conversation, or it may be part of an analysis of a situation. But by no means do i believe that having a productive/progressive conversation means having no debate. Debate is a prerequisite to real progressivism
I come to GaG to chat with friends and give my opinion on questions where I might be able to help people. However some users like to shove their opinion down your throat and try to force you to agree with them. I think they are just trying to fill a need or void in their life by trying to get people to agree with them.
It's not as black and white. If someone has a view in life they should be prepared to back it up in my opinion because if our opinions can't be backed up then why have those views? The world is a diverse place with even more diverse views so it's only natural that people will dispute those views.
I don't come here to debate but if someone comments on my answers and I feel they are wrong I will try to describe why and back it up with as much evidence as I can muster. I do it to other people sometimes when people just want to denigrate an entire group of people for no reason.
With me I enjoy being proven wrong because it gives me an opportunity to refine my knowledge about a particular subject. I don't know why knowledge or simply being exposed to a new way of thinking is so threatening to some people.
When I first joined this site yeah I was about debating lol I was that angry pretentious somewhat arrogant teenager. I liked and still like debating but not to showoff, debates kinda just happen sometimes and I like them cause you learn a lot whether you win or lose plus you get to see and understand other peoples point-of-view. I don't debate as often just cause it doesn't happen as often on here since most people will just ignore you, cry about harassment even though you're not harassing them, or respond then block you just so they can get n the last word like the pussies they are. Nowadays I'm just going about my business all indifferent to most things *shrugs*
I wouldn't say that I come here to debate, but I'm open to debate. If someone says something I disagree with, I'll sometimes challenge them on what they've said. If someone disagrees with me, I'm happy to explain and justify my view, as long as they're being reasonable and civil.
I came here because I was really naive and I'm guilty of asking those 'what does this mean' questions, haha. But I was 16. Anyways, I will certainly type my heart out if I'm passionate enough about something. But people aren't going to change because you said some words to them, so I don't have that hope. I don't like to talk just for the sake of talking. I especially don't like to waste my time because there are so many trolls here. But I like how defending my ideas leads to more knowledge on that subject because I don't want to be an idiot.
No. I cannot though allow an irrational opinion to go by without saying something about it... because it's usually a stereotype or a generalization.
It is usually done by people who SHOULD KNOW better. If I ever generalize or make a statement like that without saying "I think/I feel/I've experienced" or something like that, I encourage people to let me know.
Oh well. I do have a problem with putting in my opinions when it wasn't asked for.
I don't come here to debate but if I'm pushed to do it then I will until I'm fed up and most questions are debatable so sometimes it can't be prevented. Most people that actually enjoy debating are the ones asking the questions that they know will be a debatable discussion.