I'm just going by my experiences here, Lash. I've seen it time and time again. Let's say someone doesn't like Joe Biden and wants to express his opposition to, say, his climate policy. He could lay out his facts and reasons, using sources found in the mainstream media rather than alt-right sites. He can explain how he sees the situation, and why he believes the counter-narrative is persuasive. He might pose a few questions and ask people to respond to those questions. He might actually attempt to initiate a dialogue
What I see instead is that someone shows up, immediately uses terms like the "Democrat" Party, suggests that Biden is a pedophile, and posts a screed from the Gateway Pundit
, or Epoch Times
, and insults other members and often the site itself. It's obvious this person has come here to vent and welcomes a fight – which he usually gets.
The situation with the member who left yesterday is instructive. He didn't mind sparring with people. So when he wanted to share his understanding of Putin's intentions and reasons, he did so in his own style:
Jesus they have a **** ton of gas and oil on the sea that was why Russians took Crimea! Ukraine would indeed frack up Russia for good if it got westernized and I am not just talking about that huge prairie they have, check that damned video I posted before!
I think the point might have been couched more diplomatically! Don't you?
Another example is the passive/aggressive approach favored by posters like maxdancona. "I'm the one being reasonable, both sides have valid points, and if you disagree it's because you are an extremist."
There's an art to initiating an actual conversation – but it's irrelevant if what you really want is a fight.