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Comment author: Mitchell_Porter 25 January 2012 06:47:31AM 11 points [-]

to each their own style of interaction.

Jake, you may have the potential to become a productive long-term contributor to this site. You definitely have the potential to alienate all your readers and get yourself downvoted into oblivion, since that's already happening. Why is it happening?

First, you're political, you have a strong political agenda. That inherently causes you problems regardless of the agenda, because political activists make demands, and everyone is already busy living their lives. People are not strolling through life waiting for someone to grab them by the throat and shout the truth at them. So you definitely need to go much slower here, rather than dumping a reading list on everyone and saying "these authors solved politics", while simultaneously saying that the truth about these matters is obvious and simple.

Second, your immediate response to getting into difficulty is to start arguing, at considerable length, that the site should function differently, that it should be possible to make posts of unlimited length, that the people who downvoted you are authoritarians and communist idiots, etc. You are exhibiting an instant persecution complex. That is something you must outgrow if you want to be politically effective, and not just a righteous street preacher ignored by passers-by.

Comment author: Alicorn 25 January 2012 07:16:47AM 3 points [-]

That inherently causes you problems regardless of the agenda, because political activists make demands, and everyone is already busy living their lives.

I like this sentence.