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Kluane  ·  1827 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Was the American revolution a mistake?

It's a very interesting thought that America might have revolted over the abolition of slavery if they hadn't gained their independence before it happened. I'm sure that if the states were willing to revolt against Britain because they had a few taxes imposed upon them against their will, that they'd definitely revolt if Britain tried to force them to comply with something that would have such a massive impact on the American (considerably labour based) economy. And even if the northern states were still as (comparatively) progressive as they were at the time in our history, they'd probably side with the south in order to make a stand against British influence. Just think, instead of a nation divided by slavery, it would be a nation united by slavery.

I wonder how different America would be today if the union was founded on a basis of oppression, rather than principles of "liberty", and "freedom from oppression".

TheVenerableCain  ·  1827 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Likely, you would've seen the more northern states siding with Britain, since a lot of their workforce was immigration-based. The southern states, which relied heavily on slavery, could have revolted, but without support of every state, they'd likely be crushed without foreign intervention.

Kluane  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What other sites do you frequently visit for entertainment, or to pass the time?

A site that I visit sometimes for browsing is "Quora". It's basically an extremely classy version of Yahoo Answers, centered around informative responses to questions that are designed to prompt them. Just like on Hubski the answers you see are highly dependent upon the topics that you're following, and most of the posts on there are pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I think you need an account in order to be able to read anything, but it's worth it.

Kluane  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: Welcome to Hubski, Redditors.

What I find interesting is that a significant portion, if not most, of the redditors trying out Hubski seem to have been lurkers on Reddit.I can't tell whether this is because Hubski's environment attracts the type of user that would feel intimidated by Reddit's discussions (which is what I've heard being said here), or whether it's simply because the vast majority of Reddit's visitors are lurkers. Although I agree with a lot of the criticisms made by the comments on this thread (E.g. rewarding conformist comments, discouraging lengthy discussions, popularity contests), I never found the community to be as hostile as many of the users here have made it out to be. That being said, just from what I've seen so far, Hubski seems far friendlier than most places that I've visited on Reddit, and definitely rewards actual discussion rather than whoever can make the fastest pun.

Anyway, longtime reddit lurker breaking my silence so that I don't end up lurking here.

junkysam  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was also mostly a lurker on reddit. I found that most comment sections were comprised of cynics and comedians (and, as you said, who ever can make the best pun). The way the karma system rewards these types of posts seems to drown out any real conversation that might of been going on. Hubski seems to me (in my short time here) to have a better structure to support real conversation. I hope that both you and I can grow to enjoy this site and be part of what seems to be an great community.

howdocomputerwork  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've noticed the exact same thing, it seems like the lack of "voting" system really opens up new people who might be scared to post/comment on reddit because of the "downvote if you disagree" mentality that people have there.

junkysam  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think it will also keep away the type of people that like to go on mass downvote brigades. I never understood why people would look up and downvote every single post a single user made because of one stupid repost.

howdocomputerwork  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I guess people are just sort of vengeful, because they see something they don't like they wanna ruin a person's day. That's why the whole karma thing wasn't important to me, and part of why I only ever upvoted things I liked, rather than upvoting and downvoting. I just like seeing other people's content, maybe adding a comment here or there, but the vindictiveness of the people there wasn't something I really wanted to INVOLVE myself with, I preferred to just sit back and watch. I like to think of a particular quote, I think it was by Voltaire, "I may not like what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

howdocomputerwork  ·  1828 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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