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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 2:07am

Whoops!  I forgot to say that I've also seen real trolling in the Comments sections of Yahoo "news" articles.  Usually they are ads either for dating web sites, or those "make thousands of dollars a week at home" ads.  They paste them in about every 25 comments or so.

But, anyway, THAT is trolling.  Starting a new discussuion, or just mentioning a subject, a quote, a LOLCat ain't trolling.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 1:56am

Ruth, when I first went online (2001), I found an Atheist/Agnostic forum that was kinda fun, but they never asked anybody who wanted to come in if they were non-believers or not.  You just registered, and that was it.  For about a year or two it was really neat; I "met" a couple of people who have become solid friends...we're still in touch, e-mail almost daily, talk on the phone sometimes, etc.

But then xian trolls started registering using fake names, and all they usually did was keep pastiing buybull verses into all the threads...over and over and over.  Or they'd sermonize, and do the same thing....paste the same sermon all over the place.  When we yelled at them, got hostile, told them to eff-off, the moderator told US to "play nicely" with our guests. 

We went elsewhere.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2012 at 1:18am

A good description of the tea party, Sk8eycat!

And I like your sort of trolling Ruth!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2012 at 12:36am

Nobody suggested it here. I was just reading the rules at Reddit and thought blog-spam sounded a lot like 95% of what I do. I haven't posted anything but comments at Reddit.

Thanks for the reassurance, all.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 12:03am

Ruth, I think of "Hang With Friends" as just that - a place to relax and share thoughts, jokes, things we think others would be interested to see.

That's what you and all the rest of us do in here, isn't it?  Who brought up the subject of trolling?  And why? 

Fugeddabahdit!  Dis here is r clubhouse...everbuddy welcame.  Have fun, stretch the mind, meet new friends.

Ya dun gud.  Don't change anything!  Okay? {{{{Ruth}}}}

Love, Felaine 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2012 at 10:01pm

Ruth, I like the way you post, whether it is a link to an article, a copy, or a summary. Your posts always contain information in which I am interested. I also like your clarity on what you like and don't like, or suggestions to improve the comment. So, it may be "spam" or "trolling" and I benefit by what ever it is called. Thanks. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2012 at 7:59pm

Ruth, I agree with Steph. I LIKE what you put up, here and other places on the Nexus. Were friends, with (mostly) similar tastes. So why shouldn't we share with one another? Just keep it up. It makes you, and us, happy.

Comment by Steph S. on October 9, 2012 at 7:47pm

Tony I love that pumpkin carving and the lion picture with the Lion King song on it- how very cool!

And booklover those are great lolcats - I am collecting all sorts of great pics here today.

sk8eycat I like the teaparty pic.

Great stuff

Well It's dinner time - going eat and be back here.

Comment by Steph S. on October 9, 2012 at 7:38pm

Your contributions are not spam Ruth. I always enjoy your postings and discussions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2012 at 7:26pm

Interesting images, booklover. I keep going back to the cat-covered-guy, over and over. It's like replacing hair with cats. Black cat magnetism to clean white laundry?

On another topic, I'm thinking that much of what I do borders on trolling, based on this definition. (from Reddit)

Blog-spam (blog entries that lift content from other sources without adding significant value).


I often post images here without adding significant value. But, gee, I enjoy images you share with me. Images don't usually need more than to be shared, do they? I also post links to news articles in relevant groups with barely an introduction. Sometimes all I do is extract the key points. I thought this was useful, to share news. Now I question my contributions. I never heard the practice called spam before. *sigh*

 

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