Dreaded Meta # ? - The Silly Season and Political Websites
Greetings folks, and welcome to the start of the silly season.
The silly season has mixed blessings for political website communities. Generally speaking, the silly season creates a spike of traffic and interest, while at the same time, it seems to grow tensions between community members who find themselves at odds with others who either back different horses or who just wish people would get over their attachment to the process that allegedly perpetuates an unacceptably poor system.
This rise of these tensions is terribly unfortunate and arguably counterproductive.
Members of most of these communities can sit down with each other and reach consensus on a viable set of political demands in relatively short order. They have a largely common sense of the world that they would like to create.
Then along comes silly season and arguments arise, manners fail, feelings get hurt, people stop participating or leave - most of us have seen this pattern repeat at some other website. This is horribly counterproductive. The people that you share a largely common understanding of what sort of world you want and how it should operate are the people that you need to organize with. They are your allies, your basis for mutual support in a pretty vile political environment.
Most of us came here to create a different sort of website. A community where people were free to speak their minds, to try out ideas without worry that there was some silly rule that would get them banned for partisan heresy. The sort of freedom that we are looking for doesn't work well when a certain level of kindness and respect for others opinions, intellect and the evolution of their thinking processes can't be maintained.
So, in this special season, let's remember to be kind to others, eh?