Forum Play

by Brad Nelson4/30/17

I’ve re-instituting the forums section of this site. You’ll find it here. You can, of course, at any time can click the “Forum” menu item at the far top right of the page on the menubar.

So that the forum isn’t considered a second-class citizen and things get buried there, there will be a “Recent Forum Posts” listing at the top right of the sidebar.

I’ve been pretty patient with posting as articles or blog posts pieces that would make much more sense as a forum post. So that’s one reason for this. It adds some flexibility to the site, takes some of the weight off my shoulders, and allows you to add your own stuff when you’d like. You can, of course, link from articles on the front page to forum posts, and vice versa. And it’s a great place for spin-off discussion such as the ones we’ve had under Deana’s latest article. “Hey, Mr. Kung, that’s an interesting book that relates to this article. I see that we have a lot of interest in this topic. Let’s give it a proper place to discuss it over here in the forum.” Etc. Or however the hell you want to do it.

There are, for now, three overall Forum sections: The Ministry of Grievances, Community, and Crossing the Delaware (general Americana…should I have a new name for it?). The Ministry of Grievances is for venting. It’s for expressing outrage over all the stupid stuff people are doing today (which is what about 95% of conservative sites are about). Do so in any way that you’d like. As you know, on the main page I’ve tried to discourage mere venting regarding politics. Either write about what you or someone you know is doing to combat the left or, well, shut up.

But in The Ministry of Grievance you can give voice (hopefully with some humor) to all the wild and weird stuff going on out there in the political (or non-political) world. That doesn’t mean you can’t write an article about Bruce Jenner and submit it as a formal article. But I’m going to have a higher threshold now for things that are posted as articles or blog posts. Either put more time into writing these things or, like me, just have a little fun expressing a few thoughts in the Forum. We do that now in the comments section. But feel free to start your own topics under one of the existing forums. And if you think we need a new forum general heading, then please suggest that. There is, you’ll see, a Suggestion/Issues forum already just for that.

Also, I’m trying out some chatting software. You’ll see it in the top of the sidebar. I think we can make good use of this. Not only is it a great way to bring to everyone’s attention some breaking story, but it could be used to post links to a good article that you’ve read. It’s another way to dispense information so that interesting stuff doesn’t get buried. We might even find it useful to have a “Hot Articles” chat section and one just for general gab. We’ll see. But it requires you out there to stop being so damn passive and give me some suggestions and just make use of what we have. I’m trying to make this easier for you smart people to share your ideas and experiences while, as always, asking you not to just schlep stuff out and to put some real thought into it. If you want to schlep stuff out (as I often do myself), the forum can be a great way to do that.

Anyway, thanks again to Pat for his large financial contributions of late. I’m trying, Pat, to facilitate things…even for the freeloaders. 🙂 We are progressing if not quite Progressive.

Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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2 Responses to Forum Play

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I fear that things are indeed going to be buried in the forum. Perhaps you need a list of recent articles like you do with the Stubborn Blog site.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      It is what it is. I recognized very early on that people wanted to get involved in this project only because they wanted to BE someone….rather than actually having something to say.

      Well, those who must write must write. And that is different from sitting at the bottom of someone else’s article and being little more than an echo.

      I certainly don’t want the forum to be buried, and I’ll do what I can to keep it frontmost. At the same time, it is a way for people to be proactive about what and when they want to post something. And if someone simply must be on the front page, then they should write something of quality that deserves to be there.

      But that doesn’t meant the forum isn’t about quality. I’ve tried to convey to you people a sort of Rousseau-esque notion of the human soul: There is excellence in everyone. Where I differ with the naive “man is basically good” notion is that I know that each and every one of us is capable of mediocrity. In fact, mediocrity is where gravity tends to take us.

      I started this site because I got tired of being the meaningless and boring chorus at the end of someone else’s article. I’m not looking for fame. Hell, what kind of meaning would that have in this culture? Do you want acclaim from a culture that thinks Bruce Jenner is “courageous” for being a cross-dresser? I enjoy Halloween and make-believe as much as anyone. But if I go around actually thinking I’m Napoleon, that’s another thing. That’s requiring you to share my mental illness.

      But I digress. (Sort of.) I’m just trying to organize things in such as way that we can have some fun and that facilities more of an impromptu approach.

      That’s not what you asked about specifically, of course. I can certainly change the settings on the one plugin that shows recent forum posts so that it shows more posts. But ever since the elevation of Trump, I’ve pretty much thrown my hands up in regards to chasing any kind of coherent vision for this site in terms of affecting positive change. The rabble is the rabble. So all we have left is not, I hope, self-conceit but a desire to be excellent and thoughtful, combined with just a bit of humility and definitely a heavy dose of a sense of humor. You gotta have it these days.

      But heaven save me from what has become the conservative rabble. These are no longer my people. But some of you here are special. And this place exists like a monastery, for those who want not a safe space, per se, but a sane space. Do with it what you will.

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