You're not the only one that got caught on this one.
I had to go and do some research on this one. I don't think I've ever seen this, but I'm glad I did. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
You caught me . . . I did it. Or rather, I didn't do it!
I did not read Active Rain's Weltanschauung until today.
Now that I have read it, I am kind of sorry I didn't read it earlier. It so perfectly describes how I personally feel and is an accurate reflection of the interactions I’ve had myself on Active Rain. One in particular caught my attention: “We encourage dissenting and contrarian points of view because our industry is better served by continually examining the status quo. Challenging conventional wisdom is often essential for the evolution of our industry and the development of new opportunities”.
I have to say, there are few things I like more than a spirited debate, but few things I hate more than a heated argument. When debating, I feel as though both participants are learning from each other, and while we may not agree on the topic, at least we walk away with a new way of seeing things. Full-blown arguments are more about someone getting hurt or angry and then trying to spread that hurt or anger around to as many people as possible (I suppose it goes with the saying “Misery loves company” but I try not to visit if I can help it). No one learns anything and everyone leaves with a bad taste in their mouths.
From what I’ve seen, for the most part, is that the Active Rain community enjoys learning from each other, and sharing what they know, so there is very little of the close-minded idiocy that you see on other sites. If you think about how many members Active Rain has, you realize that’s no small feat! We all have a responsibility to keep our Active Rain clubhouse a welcoming environment for members and a breeding ground for innovative ideas, and I can say without a doubt that we have met – and far exceeded – that goal.
If you disagree, please feel free to start a debate! ;-)