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View Poll Results: Which Way Does This Forum Lean... RIGHT or LEFT
Right 31 29.25%
Left 37 34.91%
Not Sure 7 6.60%
Middle of the Road 31 29.25%
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I have found that in general, open forums tend to lean left. Of course there are forums specifically geared to the right or left, but I'm talking just general forums with no specific mission statement. So far, in my short time here, I have found a goodly portion of posters here seem to be conservative, but more seem to be liberal.

Why is this? There are probably lots of factors involved, but I'm guessing that part of it has to do with the fact that right-wingers are generally productive members of society, so they have less time to surf the web and post on message boards. Also, left wingers are often much more vocal about their issues, while right wingers are generally more content to just live their lives and as long as they are not directly being bothered, they don't like to bother anyone else.

Of course, there are exceptions; I am speaking in very broad generalizations, but I still think these ideas do explain my observations.

Interesting concept, conservatives are too busy being productive while liberals have little more to do than complain and post. Let's see, looks like you've just slammed every single poster with a post count in the 100's or more. And the posters with over 1,000 postings, GET TO WORK!
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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There is a faction of militant left-leaning posters the likes of which I have never encountered in polite society!
As a left-winger I could say the same thing about many right-wingers on here who probably regard me as being this forum's largest hemorrhoid.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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The number of posters on these boards is large enough to achieve a normal distribution at least in terms of education and politics, although I'm not sure about income.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:59 PM
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Location: NEFL/Chi, IL
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Interesting concept, conservatives are too busy being productive while liberals have little more to do than complain and post. Let's see, looks like you've just slammed every single poster with a post count in the 100's or more. And the posters with over 1,000 postings, GET TO WORK!
I think the general observation is kinda correct.
It isn't that liberals aren't working so they have plenty of time to post (though in any random circumstance, I would wager a weeks pay that any given liberal is more likely to be unemployed as any given conservative), as much as it is liberals tend to be more vocal about being liberal than conservatives are about being conservative.

It's along the same lines as the "...as a black man" phenomenon, where the most benign, simple actions in life suddenly become infused with imaginary meaning "...as a liberal" - thus you always know who the liberals are, since they never cease to remind you every chance they get.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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The world of internet discussion, in general, leans libertarian, even though most of its participants still vote traditional party lines.
Yeah, this forum leaning libertariun is reflected in that the majority of the participants feel than marijuana should be legal. In general, most Americans do not feel this way.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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ask the same ? about the moderators. personally I think they lean way \\\\\\left.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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I have found that in general, open forums tend to lean left. Of course there are forums specifically geared to the right or left, but I'm talking just general forums with no specific mission statement. So far, in my short time here, I have found a goodly portion of posters here seem to be conservative, but more seem to be liberal.

Why is this? There are probably lots of factors involved, but I'm guessing that part of it has to do with the fact that right-wingers are generally productive members of society, so they have less time to surf the web and post on message boards. Also, left wingers are often much more vocal about their issues, while right wingers are generally more content to just live their lives and as long as they are not directly being bothered, they don't like to bother anyone else.

Of course, there are exceptions; I am speaking in very broad generalizations, but I still think these ideas do explain my observations.
Maybe it has more to do with left-wingers being more literate, educated, and more likely to know how to turn on a computer.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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Maybe it has more to do with left-wingers being more literate, educated, and more likely to know how to turn on a computer.
And I suppose you humbly include yourself in this group. . .

I mean really. What do comments such as this do for the discussion besides encite?

The topic is which way people lean politically. Not how superior one side is over the other.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:23 PM
 
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And I suppose you humbly include yourself in this group. . .

I mean really. What do comments such as this do for the discussion besides encite?

The topic is which way people lean politically. Not how superior one side is over the other.
Well I was responding to an insult, so what do you expect?
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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ask the same ? about the moderators. personally I think they lean way \\\\\\left.
From your perspective, that would probably be correct, but per my neighbors and the DMs, seems doubtful.
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