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Old 05-28-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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During the time I've been reading this forum, I've noticed a constant barrage of negative comments about this city, the people who live here, the events that take place here, the quality of life, etc.

Not that there aren't positive threads and discussions. But it seems to me there's way more criticism about DC here than what you read about cities on other forums. It's very disproportionate to the actual reality and experience of DC.

Am I wrong?

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Agreed. It gets old reading the same tired old posts from the same posters saying the same thing. But I do find some of the posts entertaining so I keep coming back.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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Thanks for that. I've contributed to C-D forums for several cities that I've lived in, and usually there's a nice balance to the questions and debates -- but less so here, which is surprising since it's a beautiful, active city with a lot of people coming and going.

I've certainly noticed that people on this subforum don't give reputation as much as on other forums. I like to be helpful -- I stop to give tourists directions almost daily -- and for that to be appreciated, but I'm not getting that vibe from here.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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If you visit enough CD City forums, you will see negative comments galore. I visit the Seattle forum plenty of times because I want to live in the Pacific Northwest some day. But I have to wade through negative comments about Seattle's rainy weather and cloudy days, the overly introverted locals, and the cost of living to find positive posts.

It's easier to complain and criticize on internet message boards than to post words full of praise. That said: I still think DC sucks monkey b#lls. I want outta here!

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During the time I've been reading this forum, I've noticed a constant barrage of negative comments about this city, the people who live here, the events that take place here, the quality of life, etc.

Not that there aren't positive threads and discussions. But it seems to me there's way more criticism about DC here than what you read about cities on other forums. It's very disproportionate to the actual reality and experience of DC.

Am I wrong?
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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If you visit enough CD City forums, you will see negative comments galore. I visit the Seattle forum plenty of times because I want to live in the Pacific Northwest some day. But I have to wade through negative comments about Seattle's rainy weather and cloudy days, the overly introverted locals, and the cost of living to find positive posts.

It's easier to complain and criticize on internet message boards than to post words full of praise. That said: I still think DC sucks monkey b#lls. I want outta here!
I don't care for the cities on west coast of the U.S. However, I don't go on those forums and bash those cities. There's no point to it, so I don't post anything.

On the other hand, I come to the D.C. forum because I enjoy this city and metro area and everything it has to offer. I want to engage in lively and informative discussions among like-minded folks. But obviously, not everyone thinks this way.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I haven't noticed many negative threads.

Baltimore and Florida regularly have a ton. I see lots of attacks on palin's Alaska and liberal San Francisco though. I've also seen plenty of those Seattle anti-seattlites and anti-rain.

I don't see DC really having any of those issues. If we're talking about a few posters that don't always talk highly of their own city, well every city on city-data has that. Every forum needs that to gain various perspectives on place.

But the DC forum doesn't strike me as negative though.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Actually one of things I like about the DC forum versus say the Northern Virginia forum is that there are intelligent debates about topics other than the best neighborhood. I like it when people talk about local issues unique to DC. However, I agree that there some negative Nancys that repeat the same complaints over and over.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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The world is a negative place and city-data reflects that. What message board of any genre is cheerful, I've literally never seen one lol. Only time message boards are really cheerful is when something really good happens in that community like if you go on the Steelers board after they win the Super Bowl or something. Nothing that good ever happens in DC, I remember Obama getting elected was probably the last moment like that.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:09 AM
 
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Its reflective of the city/area. DC isnt a really happy golucky place.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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The world is a negative place and city-data reflects that.
Replace "world" with "internet" and I think you're on to something.
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