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  • Mon, Dec 01, 2008 - 07:15pm


    joe bender

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some things should go without saying but i guess you have to say this.

in groups i have been in we call them agreements not rules. this empowers each individual to be responsible rather than having to treat them as children in kindergarten .

so chris i agree to abide by your rules as i appreciate this forum and  99% of the posts

  • Mon, Dec 01, 2008 - 08:28pm



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Hi Chris and staff,

Thanks for taking the time to remind people about this issue.

My thoughts are that there should be coherency guidelines — though I realize this is quite subjective — or that all posters should at least strive for coherency.

Meaning: Posts should be written in complete sentences, have received at least cursory editing (there’s a spell checker built-in), and have things like paragraphs breaks for the organization of longer thoughts and ideas.

Posters should also be explicitly clear when they are quoting someone else in their posts. Often times I see a link, then some kind of break (maybe a few lines or a dash or an ellipsis or some other improperly used punctuation mark), then some writing, then another link with no indication what’s what.

People should also include the reason for linking to material. Often times it’s for documentation during the presentation of an argument, however, I’d say most of the links here are articles or websites that the poster presumably wants others to read. If this is the case one should say that. Say something like, "I found this article interesting because it addresses the talk we had yesterday regarding…" Something like that. For my tastes at least, too often posts are incoherent, and I don’t always know the exact purpose of the information someone is presenting.

Apologize in advance for my high nitpicking coefficient.


  • Mon, Dec 01, 2008 - 08:55pm



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Perhaps this isn’t the forum to make this recommendation/suggestion, but I think the site should also — as much as its readers would like I guess — have a better balance of discussion between the Three E’s.

I think the most stimulating discussions on here have to do with the economy. And that’s great.

When it comes to the environment though, I think the discussion has been somewhat of a failure. There are a lot of people who get very worked up basically attacking one another regarding whether climate change/global warming is a hoax or not. Very counterproductive, as many environmental issues not related to CC/GW don’t even get addressed because of this. Community-member Swittes addressed this rather eloquently I feel a few days ago.

I think the topic of energy could get dug deeper into as well. I’m not asking for some kind of super technical discussion like The Oil Drum website engages in, but an uptick in the depth of discussion is needed I feel to take things to the next level. A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed and somewhat technical (in that it included some numbers and statistics) look at the ramifications of Mexico’s dwindling oil exports — something of incredible significance to the subjects studied on this website and to the United States energy situation — and I don’t believe a single person responded.

I say these things because I feel that this community and the content of the Crash Course can continue to grow and really become a unique and invaluable source of information to those first learning about these topics. And no doubt the numbers of those wanting to do so is only going to increase exponentially!

Just some thoughts.

  • Tue, Feb 03, 2009 - 07:38pm


    Amanda V

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The forum is one of the most interesting and intelligent forums I have ever come across and I have been thrilled so see so much sharing of knowledge and ideas, brainstorming, sharing resources and information and just helping others out.

So many other forums are so full of mindless dribble I wouldn’t go near them with a barge pole.

Mainecooncat, it is very easy to put up a new forum topic on general discussions about some of the other issues you would like to see discussed.  If people don’t respond to well researched information with good statistics, it may be well out of their league to have a response.  After all these are very big problems we are talking about !! 

Chris did not discuss climate change but resource depletion, with respect to the environment.  However, I think climate change is just as important in terms of the changes it is going to bring to us on top of the issues Chris has already discussed.  Regardless, the bottom line is the same: the next 20 years is going to be very different from the last. 

  • Sat, Feb 07, 2009 - 01:59am



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Is "pre-banning" really a word?  I thought there was just "banning" and "permitting".

  • Fri, May 15, 2009 - 07:17pm

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I recently had a post deleted. My concern here is that economics and freedoms, both speech and politics go hand in hand. I don’t see how you can ignore one and not effect the others. Please, can some one enlighten me. As, always I am here to learn? As the economy continues to unravel, our freedoms continue to be under attack as well as our political points of view. I try and point this out in my postings. So I am posting here to let everyone know where I am coming from. I  have tried to stay away from any extreme radical thinking, in only bringing up things that I feel are effected by the economic downturn and the politics that are showing stresses in our liberty’s. These are sometimes contemporary and historic in nature. One has to have a perspective in order to see the whole picture. Trying to find the right balance.

 I know there are a whole lot smarter folks on here than I. Would love to hear some thoughts on the subject. Thanks, investorzzo

  • Thu, May 28, 2009 - 08:31pm

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New poster here. Hello. I’ve belonged to a couple of other forums, with Chris M, over the better part of a decade. It’s not so much what you say as how you say it. Just  pretend you’re auditioning for a Merchant Ivory film, while trying to get your ideas across, not Deadwood. Here’s a good example of what I’m trying to say:

[Ed. note:  Link to "Deadwood Pancakes" on youtube.  Profanity.]




  • Sun, May 31, 2009 - 12:39am

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[quote=agitating prop]

New poster here. Hello. I’ve belonged to a couple of other forums, with Chris M, over the better part of a decade.


Well, cool. I am starting a petition in here to make you the head moderator. Good luck!

  • Sat, Sep 12, 2009 - 08:01pm

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