Mumble, for reasonably valid reasons we won't get into here, has a history of banning people from his own threads when they become obnoxious; not for simply disagreeing but for being intentionally disruptive.
I have no reason not to go into this and in fact it's a germane point particularly in regard to precisely where those threads are located.
Forgive me for straying away from the specific thread topic but you must admit there’s been a fair amount of wandering and a little more shouldn’t hurt and it may in fact be a positive thing.
Anyway the whole concept is "where" are these threads located and based on that, "who" is the target audience.
I did in fact receive a fair amount of incredulity the last time I made this assertion but in point of fact the JU site is undoubtedly "very" conservative at the least. There are many I know that would agree with this statement. In fact many of those that would agree with this statement are in fact people that I consider conservative and they in fact acknowledge themselves to be conservative but when they do wander onto JU are taken to be liberal. Aeortar for one fits this category and Willythemailboy as well. I'm absolutely positive about Aeortar but Willy's case might be slightly different and I could in fact be putting words in his mouth. I do know that he considers himself conservative and I also know that he's not a big fan of JU either, but as to the why of it perhaps he might speak for himself.
Anyway like I've said dozens of times in innumerable threads, when everyone basically agrees I find it totally boring. I’ve tried various liberal sites and I find them no fun whatsoever. When everyone pretty much agrees it’s just boring. On the other hand when you’re the one lone voice with a particular point of view and you’re shouted down in your own thread by literally dozens of people holding a contrary view then that’s not much fun either.
Every so often I try a post on JU just because I do believe the site has potential but it always seems to work out the same. Any decent point I make is either ignored, misconstrued or cherry picked for a phrase to be used out of context. So far as I can tell I’ve never made a single legitimate point on JU ever.
So while I do like a certain amount of controversy and difference of opinion I am by no means a masochist and have no desire to simply take abuse for no apparent benefit. That is most certainly the case on the rare occasion that I do wander onto JU.
So instead I make a specific point to post into the Off-topic forum which although does exist on JU it also exists on a wider range of Stardock’s game sites. The upside of this is that I can get a better balance between conservative and liberal folks and the discussion is not so one sided. The downside of this is that the Off-topic forum is not intended as place for political, religious or otherwise contentious threads.
So I need to keep my threads to a certain level of civility so that they’re not simply pushed over to JU. That’s why I blacklist certain individuals if I feel that their only point is to be disruptive but also if I get to the point where they simply don’t listen to what I have to say and I get tired of hearing them say the same thing over and over.
In reality I would prefer to not have to blacklist anyone and I would prefer if I could post to JU specific threads and at least have my opinion considered not too unreasonable to hold. I don’t require anyone to admit that I’m right I simply require that folks accept that my opinion is not totally unreasonable to hold. I’ve always been willing to make the same concession in return even when I don’t agree with someone’s opinion.
I’ve always maintained that I’m a reasonable person but I feel that on the rare occasions that I do venture onto JU I’ve not been treated reasonably.
For what it’s worth these are my true feelings.