How Old Are NT Users? - A Poll

  
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How Old Are NT Users? - A Poll

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How Old Are NT Users? - A Poll



Recently I saw a comment that NT users were mostly very old, making this site unattractive for younger members to join.  I believe that was just an opinion, but then I was curious - what is the age distribution on this site?  Please complete this poll so we can have a definitive answer about the ages of NT users.  You are not giving up much privacy because the request is not for a specific age, but within a range of ages.

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

Click this link to open the poll:

 
 
 
freepress
2  freepress    5 months ago

Age is a number that is unavoidable if you are alive, attitude and belief are a choice.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  freepress @2    5 months ago

Age is a case of mind over matter - Ya don't mind, it don't matter.

 
 
 
MUVA
3  MUVA    5 months ago

I'm 54 and feel it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MUVA @3    5 months ago

I wish I could be 54 again - if you feel THAT, wait till you're 82.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.1  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    5 months ago

I accelerated my pain with 18 of vert ramp skating follow by snowboarding and have been a lifelong surfer and wrestler.

 
 
 
Freefaller
4  Freefaller    5 months ago

Physical age or how old I act?  They are two vastly different numbers

 
 
 
JBB
5  JBB    5 months ago

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JBB
6  JBB    5 months ago

I only know the approximate age of about 10 NT members the median or average age of whom would be about sixty to sixty five years old not including Buzz, of course, who would necessarily bring that average up by a couple of years...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @6    5 months ago

LOL.  You're probably right.

 
 
 
Sunshine
7  Sunshine    5 months ago

Did the poll Buzz.  Will be interesting to see the results.

It takes up time to mess around on these sites so most are probably retired or have a job where they have time to.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Sunshine @7    5 months ago

I just took a look at the poll and it does indicate that older members make up the majority, so I think your analysis is valid.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1    5 months ago

How many younger people would give a whit about most of the stuff that gets the most of the folks here undies in a tight wad to fight over them. jrSmiley_55_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.1    5 months ago

Unfortunately, most of that "stuff" is about all they care about - in fact maybe it's about all they have any capability for or knowledge about.  What a pity.  However, many here are very good at insulting those who don't agree with them.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    5 months ago
However, many here are very good at insulting those who don't agree with them.

I think that is likely true of most any social media or sites such as NT. People would rather create Fight Clubs over personal insults and disagreements then discuss the topic of the articles/seeds. Perhaps it is because they don't know much abut the topic and it's easier to just sling insults and denigrating each other to try to show their superiority over each other. 

It's more important to try and out wit everyone else than do any research of the topic for constructive discussion. At least that is how it looks to me.

JMOO

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.4  TᵢG  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.3    5 months ago

I agree.   Meta is the preferred topic.   

Another very clear dynamic is 'getting back at someone with whom you disagree; especially if they disagreed well'.    It is rare to find individuals who will disagree without eventually getting disagreeable.   So, naturally, relationships will form and those who agree will tend to be supportive of each other while those who disagree will tend to turn any topic into a sparring match.

The best way for people to all get along is to never disagree.   Always avoid disagreement by not commenting or by moving to another aspect of the topic.   Keep your disagreement to yourself.   (And this includes up-votes since a vote is incorrectly interpreted as agreement with 100% of the comment.)

This is why a lot of people stick with echo chambers.   They choose a non-confrontational environment and pay for it with boredom.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.5  TᵢG  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.1    5 months ago

Not sure, I think young people would engage on our topics.   Offhand I do not see why not.   Maybe the more historical topics, etc. that require a mature perspective to appreciate.   Younger people would likely bring in their own nuances and be petty about them (rather than get petty on the nuances important to older people).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.6  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.4    5 months ago

I disagree. during my time working with people on the Internet in various capacities, I have found that it is very possible to engage with those who do not agree with each other's opinion or POV and still be able to discuss a given topic without resorting to personal attacks and creating a hostile environment. That it not creating an echo chamber nor is it 'boring'.

There is in fact much that can be learned on both sides if the parties keep an open mind. At least, I have found that to be true most of the time. But, there is nothing that can be learned from turning the discussion into a verbal Fight Club and focusing only on hurling expletives and personal attacks at each other. 

But, perhaps I come here for a different reason than many do. Even at my age I want to keep learning, and a very good way to do that is to compare ideas, experiences, POV's and beliefs on the various topics.

For me, endless flame-throwing denigration of others is boring.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.7  TᵢG  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.6    5 months ago
I have found that it is very possible to engage with those who do not agree with each other's opinion or POV and still be able to discuss a given topic without resorting to personal attacks and creating a hostile environment.

It is most definitely possible.   There are a few people who I can engage in disagreement without things getting nasty.   However, they are a tiny minority.   And that is my point.   It is far more prevalent for animosity to be the result of disagreement.   Especially if neither of the two involved have the perspective you described - of being interested in exploring the content rather than bickering.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.8  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.5    5 months ago
Younger people would likely bring in their own nuances and be petty about them (rather than get petty on the nuances important to older people).

On any topics they might find important they would likely bring in a much different view of them. And while they might be interested in some of our topics, they would likely not be at all interested in the endless in-fighting that so many here seem to prefer to engage in, as it does nothing but create a hostile environment that goes nowhere. There is nothing to be learned from that kind of BS but how to try and one-up on your opponent by playing dirty.

Not the kind of environment that appeals to most young people today. At least none of the young people I know, and I know quite a few in various age groups.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.9  Raven Wing  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.7    5 months ago
There are a few people who I can engage in disagreement without things getting nasty.

Same here. And I have truly enjoyed those conversations. As the saying goes, "There are two sides to every story." And I enjoy hearing the other person's side of the story whether or not I agree with it. 

Actually, I get along better with younger people than I do people my own age. We both can learn a lot for each other.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.10  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    5 months ago
However, many here are very good at insulting those who don't agree with them.

I myself would like to see more younger people here. The conversations would likely be a lot more interesting.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.11  TᵢG  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.8    5 months ago
There is nothing to be learned from that kind of BS but how to try and one-up on your opponent by playing dirty.

Fully agree.   I am so beyond sick of seeing slimy tactics being used in lieu of a good argument.

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.12  Heartland American  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.4    5 months ago

I on the other hand don’t mind being a Christian conservative on a predominately secular progressive site here where I debate with half my brain tied behind my back due to most of my favorite on line source sites being banned here.  

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
7.1.13  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.12    5 months ago
where I debate with half my brain tied behind my back

So that's the problem. And here we've been going relatively easy since making fun of the handicapped is so distasteful. If you've been keeping some of your smarts back then please do reengage them. Perhaps using that other half will rid your current half of the laughable conclusion that the earth is only 9,000 years old or that Ken Hamm knows what he's talking about.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.14  TᵢG  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.12    5 months ago

I doubt that most of NT members are secular.   Likely the opposite.  Maybe Buzz will investigate this demographic for us.

One debates with one's own thoughts.   Parroting the thoughts of others or merely copying and pasting their words is not actually debate.

So even if all of your sources were banned (and of course they are not) you would not be prevented from engaging in debate.

… half my brain tied behind my back …

Rush Limbaugh cliche

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.15  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @7.1.13    5 months ago

A perfect example of the kind of comment that turns potential new members away from this site.  It's not necessary to insult a member in order to disagree with them - perhaps stating your feelings in a more general way will still make your point without being nasty.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.16  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.15    5 months ago

DP's comment was in response to an equally nasty and frankly laughable comment by xx.  Many of us came here for intelligent conversation, which is to be had with DP, so I don't think that DP's conversation in general is turning people away from the site.

 
 
 
TᵢG
7.1.17  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.16    5 months ago

I agree, give me the DP original and thought provoking content that he can and does back up over pasted words reflecting the religious-based perspectives of other people.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.18  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.17    5 months ago

With the repetition of those pasted words passing for "debate".

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.19  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.16    5 months ago

I'm sorry, Sandy, but I disagree with you.  XX may be unhappy and stated so that many of the sources he uses are banned, BUT HE DID NOT TAKE A SHOT AT ANY INDIVIDUAL ON THIS SITE.  DP DID. XX's comment was NOT AT ALL NASTY - it was a lament about banned sites.  DP could have just argued against XX's viewpoint, but instead he shot at him - AS DID YOU.

You, a moderator who should be a role model, have just indicated a distinct bias.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
7.1.20  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.15    5 months ago

You're right Buzz. It was uncalled for and I apologize. I'd had a second margarita at lunch and I guess I was just feeling a little annoyed at the pompous piety of some who seem to treat others like the pharisees treated the am ha'aretz. But I was nasty and you're right, no matter what kind of folk we find on the internet we should strive to always be civil. Sorry Double X Jeff.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.21  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.19    5 months ago

xx took a shot at many people on this site with one insult, and yes, it was nasty.

My "bias" is favoring intelligent conversation over unjustified pot shots and parroting as "debate".  I'll stick to that bias, thanks.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.22  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @7.1.20    5 months ago

Usually you ARE civil, and your posts are usually quite intelligent and educational and I admit that I have learned from them.  I'm happy that you have seen what I meant, although Sandy, in defending you, did not.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.23  sandy-2021492  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.22    5 months ago

I see what you mean.  I just disagree.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
7.1.25  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.21    5 months ago

I agree with you sandy, but I usually try not to let other peoples actions dictate my own regardless of who's in the wrong. I don't expect XX to make the same kind of mea culpa even if deserved, but that's not for me to say, I can only control my own action and show contrition for my own words, I can't force others to do the same.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.26  sandy-2021492  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @7.1.25    5 months ago

You're a gentleman.

 
 
 
Split Personality
7.1.28  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.15    5 months ago

Please feel free to ask to remove obvious meta and off topic comments  about religion, banned sites and poor behavior

from a "poll" article about the age of NT participants

and we won't need cleanups and apologies anywhere............

7.1.12 most obviously veered off of the topic of ageism and made it about him and his cause. period, Full Stop. Off topic.

 
 
 
Split Personality
7.1.29  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.19    5 months ago
BUT HE DID NOT TAKE A SHOT AT ANY INDIVIDUAL ON THIS SITE

Yes. In fact , he did.

Think about it

 
 
 
Split Personality
7.1.30  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.19    5 months ago
You, a moderator who should be a role model

And as a role model, I wish I could reply honestly.

Honestly, I do.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.31  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @7.1.28    5 months ago

Usually I am quite lenient about digression from the topic. Maybe it's just because I'm grateful to have more than 3 comments on my articles, the majority of which are mine, as was pointed out elsewhere by someone who is much more adept at insulting members than I am.

However, my poll article has led to what I think are some very valuable side discussions, airing things that should be aired and clearing the air on some of them. It is my prerogative to determine what is off topic, and I will retain that prerogative notwithstanding your suggestion. Thank you.

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.32  Heartland American  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @7.1.20    5 months ago

Apology accepted.  We all have our moments.  I have no problem discussing viewpoints in a civil manner no matter how much we may disagree on a given topic.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.33  Heartland American  replied to  TᵢG @7.1.14    5 months ago

Indeed it is a famous quote of the great one, Rush Limbaugh.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.34  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.21    5 months ago

Please explain who exactly that you think I took a shot at with my post.  I simply described myself and then that a demographic was in my opinion a majority here.  I then used a Rush Limbaugh quote to describe limitations on me here since around half the sites I used to use here are now banned here for no good reason.  How is that taking a shot at anyone on this site?  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.35  sandy-2021492  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.34    5 months ago

Anybody reading knows that you meant a sly shot at secular progressives.  You're so fond of standing by your statements, whether you can support them or not (usually not).  Why not this time?

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.36  Heartland American  replied to  Split Personality @7.1.29    5 months ago

Actually I didn’t.  You think about it.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.37  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.35    5 months ago

I stand by each and every comment as a badge of honor when certain of opposing ideology or belief system persons delete them.  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.38  sandy-2021492  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.37    5 months ago

Then do so now, and stop feigning innocence.

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.39  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.35    5 months ago

How is saying that secular progressives are a majority of active posters and seeders here a sly shot at them?  Explain yourself and your usual reading of others supposed  intentions when nothing of the sort was said or suggested. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.40  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.38    5 months ago

You go and delete something I wrote as no value or sweeping generalization and then I will.  Otherwise prove your version of what you ascribe as my intent.  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7.1.41  sandy-2021492  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.39    5 months ago

It's a shot when paired with your "half your brain tied behind your back" phrase.  We all know that's how you meant it.

This is trolling behavior.  It's harmful to the site.  There are people who avoid this place precisely because of this type of behavior.

 
 
 
devangelical
7.1.42  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.31    5 months ago
Usually I am quite lenient about digression from the topic. Maybe it's just because I'm grateful to have more than 3 comments on my articles, the majority of which are mine, as was pointed out elsewhere by someone who is much more adept at insulting members than I am.

I try to direct my insults towards those most deserving. [deleted]

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.43  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @7.1.42    5 months ago

And there it is - the reason so many good members have left the site, and so few new ones join in.  Not flagging it - it's exactly what I was talking about and must remain as an advertisement of the quality of the person who posted it.

 
 
 
devangelical
7.1.44  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.43    5 months ago

[deleted]

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.1.45  Kathleen  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.10    5 months ago

My daughter wanted to join, but I told her no. The reason is because there are a few on here that would attack her.

She would only be on the art articles, not the political ones.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.46  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @7.1.45    5 months ago

I never saw a comment on the Creative Arts group that would disturb her. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.1.47  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.46    5 months ago

I have not either, but I just don’t want to take that chance. There are a few that are pretty disgusting with their comments on other articles.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.48  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @7.1.47    5 months ago

You've just provided an example to what I've been saying, that new members take one look at the nastiness, because the first thing they see is the Front Page which is usually packed with politics and religion and ugly insulting brainless comments like "f*ck off" (even on this non-political non-religious poll) and "t*rd" on both topics, and decide not to join the site. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.1.49  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.48    5 months ago

Yes. That’s what I was talking about. Funny thing is, she is 19 and would not talk like that on here. So in a sense, age does not have anything to do with maturity. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.50  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.41    5 months ago

I meant it how I stated it, not how you read into my intent as you almost always do.  You know full well the comment was about losing resources that used to be fine to use here, nothing more. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.51  Heartland American  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.19    5 months ago

jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif  So very well said.  Thank you for saying it.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.52  Heartland American  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @7.1.20    5 months ago

jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.53  Heartland American  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7.1.26    5 months ago

Yes, he is.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.54  Heartland American  replied to  devangelical @7.1.44    5 months ago

Hate to break it to you but he’s a trusted one here and the one helping to provide that security for this site and getting rid of spam accounts here.  

 
 
 
JBB
7.1.55  JBB  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.54    5 months ago

And, how is that working? Dont tell us Putin is in charge of US voter rolls...

 
 
 
charger 383
7.1.56  charger 383  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.48    5 months ago
ugly insulting brainless comments like "f*ck off"

I agree that is a major problem

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1.57  Heartland American  replied to  charger 383 @7.1.56    5 months ago

As do I and I choose not to engage in general in comments anything like that.  

 
 
 
devangelical
7.1.58  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.43    5 months ago
Not flagging it - it's exactly what I was talking about and must remain as an advertisement of the quality of the person who posted it.

I call bullshit, but thanks for the brief entertainment.

 
 
 
devangelical
7.1.59  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @7.1.44    5 months ago

ty/ph! I was really starting to get worried.

 
 
 
cjcold
7.1.60  cjcold  replied to  Heartland American @7.1.57    5 months ago

[Removed

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.61  Raven Wing  replied to  cjcold @7.1.60    5 months ago

deleted for context

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.2  Kathleen  replied to  Sunshine @7    5 months ago

Very true, I have some time certain days. It does take up a lot of your time, especially when you start an article.

 
 
 
tomwcraig
8  tomwcraig    5 months ago

I'm 46.  However, I survived a cancer that only has 2 stages and the multiple complications that happened during the treatment.  So, my body is probably much older due to mileage.

 
 
 
tomwcraig
8.1  tomwcraig  replied to  tomwcraig @8    5 months ago

And, part of the problem, if there is a lack of younger people on the site, is due to the fact that Facebook considers this place a "fake news" or malicious site.  I have tried to share articles here on Facebook and it will not allow them to post.

 
 
 
Sparty On
8.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  tomwcraig @8.1    5 months ago

Wow really?

I didn't realize Facebook was censoring that hard.

I dropped it years ago .....

 
 
 
tomwcraig
8.1.2  tomwcraig  replied to  Sparty On @8.1.1    5 months ago

If you copy the link to an article and paste it to Facebook as a comment or as a post, it won't accept it.  I notice there is a share button for Facebook, but I did not notice it until today.

 
 
 
TᵢG
8.1.3  TᵢG  replied to  tomwcraig @8.1    5 months ago
Facebook considers this place a "fake news" or malicious sit

Really?   I wonder why.   Are you interpreting your linking failure as a direct act by Facebook or is there a message that states the link is denied because the source is fake news or malicious?

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.4  Heartland American  replied to  Sparty On @8.1.1    5 months ago

I use Facebook very little at all. I had no idea they were censoring us too.  The irony of one censoring site censoring another pro censorship site is interesting.  

 
 
 
Split Personality
8.1.5  Split Personality  replied to  tomwcraig @8.1    5 months ago

That was a (supposedly) a temporary problem related to nudity on the Front Page which has since, supposedly, been cleared up.

It was not due to "fake news.

I will forward this to Perrie as she had an issue with them over nipples recently and thought it was resolved.

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.6  Heartland American  replied to  Split Personality @8.1.5    5 months ago

It was a picture someone posted of Stormy Daniels that showed too much of her upper breasts on one of my pro Trump seeds.  I flagged it and it was removed for TOS.  

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.1.7  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  tomwcraig @8.1    5 months ago

Tom,

The issue was never fake news. The issue was that some considered the site not to be facebook complaint due some of our images. We are back on facebook and vigilant about compliance in all areas.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
9  Sparty On    5 months ago

Still in the middle group ...... barely.

 
 
 
Kathleen
10  Kathleen    5 months ago

Middle aged I guess you can say... : )

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

So far 30 members have answered the poll. It definitely shows that NT members are generally older.  Only one member who replied is 39 or younger, while 12 are in the 40 to 59 category (middle age?), 15 in the 60 to 79 range and only 2 are 80 or more.

 
 
 
JBB
11.1  JBB  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    5 months ago

It has been a good long while since I took Statistics at university (It was not my best subject) but I can still figure out  pretty closely that would make the average age of NT members somewhere in the low to mid sixties which is about what I would have guesstimated based on the ones that I know their ages...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @11.1    5 months ago

Never having studied Statistics, I defer to your opinion.

 
 
 
Heartland American
11.1.2  Heartland American  replied to  JBB @11.1    5 months ago

I’m in the 40-59 group for 10 more months then I move on up.  

 
 
 
luther28
11.2  luther28  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    5 months ago

One of 15 at this point, full disclosure 67, for another month at least.

 
 
 
bbl-1
12  bbl-1    5 months ago

Even bots have an age factor, right?  Or not?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  bbl-1 @12    5 months ago

We had an avalanche attack of bots a while ago, so an effective method was used to delete them and prevent their ability to join the site.  In any event, bots don't vote in polls.

 
 
 
bbl-1
12.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1    5 months ago

Not sure I believe your assertion.  ( They ) are still here.

 
 
 
TᵢG
12.1.2  TᵢG  replied to  bbl-1 @12.1.1    5 months ago

Buzz is referring to a cyber attack on NT.   We actually are attacked every day by bots trying to sign in new fake members.   We now have a bot of our own serving as our bouncer so all is good.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1.3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  bbl-1 @12.1.1    5 months ago

Yes, some who joined previous to the cyber attack could still be here.  It is not until they do anything that they get detected.  Mostly bots do not tailor their settings - an example being like never creating a unique avatar - just continue with the basic hat, like you.

 
 
 
Freefaller
12.1.4  Freefaller  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1.3    5 months ago
just continue with the basic hat, like you

Lol, hey I like my hat.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1.5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freefaller @12.1.4    5 months ago

Hats like that go back to the days of Prohibition stretching into the 1950s.  One of North America's most famous hat makers was Sammy Taft of Toronto.  Celebrities, like Frank Sinatra, used to travel to Toronto for the only purpose of buying a new hat or two from Sammy.  If you're a hockey fan, you know that a "hat trick" means scoring 3 goals in a game.  Here's a great story about Sammy Taft and the "hat trick".

https://torontoist.com/2013/04/toronto-invents-the-hat-trick/

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
13  Paula Bartholomew    5 months ago

I'm so old that I have an autographed copy of the Bible.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
13.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @13    5 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @13    5 months ago

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luther28
13.3  luther28  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @13    5 months ago

Not a Gutenberg first issue I hope. :)

Sorry Paula, it was there.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
13.3.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  luther28 @13.3    5 months ago

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Heartland American
13.3.2  Heartland American  replied to  luther28 @13.3    5 months ago

Actually it’s the original The Living Bible.  

 
 
 
TᵢG
13.3.3  TᵢG  replied to  Heartland American @13.3.2    5 months ago

It is always interesting watching Christians battle over who has the better faith or who can best interpret the Bible.    On The Living Bible :

We have every reason to believe that Dr. Kenneth Taylor, the author of the Paraphrased Living Bible, is a true Christian, but we cannot  possibly  keep silent when such unwarranted liberties are taken with the Holy Word of God. Our earnest prayer would be that these and other changes might be made. Such language that is used in a number of paraphrased verses we have pointed out, shocks the Bible believers and Bible lovers over America and the world.
 
 
 
sandy-2021492
13.3.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @13.3.3    5 months ago

I think you and xx have different ideas on what is meant the "The Living Bible".

 
 
 
TᵢG
13.3.5  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @13.3.4    5 months ago

What do you think XX means by 'The Living Bible'?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
13.3.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @13.3.5    5 months ago

My guess would be the King James Version, but he'd have to confirm or deny.  I doubt that it's any modern translation.

 
 
 
Heartland American
13.3.7  Heartland American  replied to  TᵢG @13.3.3    5 months ago

I was referring to the year it was first  published...1971 by the way and nothing more.  I got one back then when I was growing up and still have it. I still have my first vacation bible school Bible from 1970 as well an original gift box KJV that was about $5 back then.  

 
 
 
Nerm_L
14  Nerm_L    5 months ago

You know, we were all young once, too.  I wouldn't be too worried about the age demographic; most of today's young people will get here eventually.

The only thing that suggests is that NT is something to grow into.  Older people have a much broader range of experience to draw from so we old fogies tend to discuss things more.  A discussion forum attracting an older demographic shouldn't be that surprising.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

As of this moment, here are the results from 47 members:

Less than age 20.......0
Age 20 - 39..............1
Age 40 - 59............ 19
Age 60 - 79.............25
Age 80 or greater......2

"I myself would like to see more younger people here." (Raven Wing)

Then the next question to answer is whether we, mostly being more mature adults, WANT to attract younger members. If the majority of us do not, then there is no real purpose in continuing with this topic, but if we do, then that points to the next step as to why I posted this poll. 

What we would now need to do is to come up with suggestions on how to interest more younger members in joining in with us. Perhaps it has to do with the topics that mostly fill the Front Page, which is what most persons who originally check out this site will most likely peruse in order to join and take part. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the groups are not better promoted, or are not sufficiently varied. Maybe the regularity of nastiness needs to be better curtailed. We can continue our discussion along those lines, or others that you all might suggest.

 
 
 
PJ
15.1  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15    5 months ago
What we would now need to do is to come up with suggestions on how to interest more younger members in joining in with us.

I don't know that we need younger members.  I just said that the other evening out of frustration.  Looking at it from a positive point of view, it did at least inspire you to generate this poll.  jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @15.1    5 months ago

Yes, PJ, you were the catalyst, and the poll did lead to not only a lot of interesting information but also a lot of good commentary.  I still do intend to follow up with eliciting suggestions for expanding the age parameters, and opinions as to why or why not.

 
 
 
TᵢG
15.1.2  TᵢG  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1.1    5 months ago

In my opinion NT needs what any general discussion forum needs:

  • Exposure (links into other sites that bring people here to consume the content and ideally participate)
  • Original interesting content (not just seeds)
  • Mobile app

On top of that, the tone needs to be more personally civil with a lessened need for moderation.   We probably should be harsher on those who are here to simply troll. 

The site itself (except for mobile) I think is in good shape;  at least it is not clear to me what can be done (being practical that is) to make a major difference.

That said, the other sites are all dead ... very little activity ... boring.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
15.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.2    5 months ago

I think lack of exposure is the primary problem.  Newsvine had a huge advantage there in that it drew in people discussing articles posted on msnbc.  NT has no similar audience from which to recruit.

 
 
 
TᵢG
15.1.4  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @15.1.3    5 months ago

It is the biggest challenge facing most every website.   But even with good exposure, the content must be there to attract and retain members.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.1.5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.2    5 months ago
"...the tone needs to be more personally civil with a lessened need for moderation.   We probably should be harsher on those who are here to simply troll."

With that I am absolutely in agreement.

Last fall, at the time of member discussion, I think Perrie will tell you that I was a tiger about being harsher with CoC violators - increasing the penalties, and in fact increasing the causes for violations.  I have little patience for intentional lack of civility, insults and immaturity.  Although I once tried moderating, I decided I would have had difficulty in being "moderate" so I decided to give up that part of my moderator privileges, but I still am a member of the Moderator group with certain privileges used to benefit the site, such as deleting spammers.  Although the motto here is "Speak Your Mind" I think the word "Civilly" should be added to it, in fact I am in favour of deleting the Heated Discussions group.  If we are supposed to be mature, educated, intelligent individuals, why do we need it?  Let off your steam by banging your head on the floor.

 
 
 
Split Personality
15.1.6  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1.5    5 months ago
Last fall, at the time of member discussion, I think Perrie will tell you that I was a tiger about being harsher with CoC violators - increasing the penalties, and in fact increasing the causes for violations.  I have little patience for intentional lack of civility, insults and immaturity.

Well, on this, at least, we are in agreement.

 
 
 
JBB
15.1.7  JBB  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.4    5 months ago

That is just it. If NT was a print publication I would hid it from friends and family. My ancient Mom has perused NT on occasions because she knows I frequent the site. She said she felt dirty. Like she needed a long shower to wash off the ignorance and hate. Too much of the current content is aimed at attracting some bad elements which pretty much instantly repels a better class of contributors. NT currently appears to unbiased observers to be a clearinghouse for the exact same kind of fake news, patent misinformation and divisive inflamatory content that decent Americans resent being shared with them by their crank relatives and other social misfits on Facebook. As Mama said, "Nobody wants to read that lousy lying bullshit". Proper editorial control of content is the key to turning this ship around. Unfortunately, for ownership, as it has developed over time many of this site's most prolific contributors would be violently opposed to this ever happening... 

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.8  Heartland American  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.2    5 months ago

There is another site about 25x larger in membership that is always busy. They even have a moderator who has a face image of Obama as his avatar.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.9  Heartland American  replied to  JBB @15.1.7    5 months ago

So you see MBFC as inadequate in screening out seeded content that you or your mom don’t want to see here?  

 
 
 
TᵢG
15.1.10  TᵢG  replied to  Heartland American @15.1.8    5 months ago

What is the site?

 
 
 
JBB
15.1.11  JBB  replied to  Heartland American @15.1.9    5 months ago

Correct! New propaganda sites pop up as quickly as reregs on Newsvine.

It is up to the management of all sites to exercise proper editorial control of their own content. It is not new or opinion I find offensive as long as the thesis is presented honestly. Inflamatory fake news, patently divisive misinformation and harmful foreign propaganda should always be removed. The New York Times and Fox News choose what content gets published or reported. They would never let just anyone submit anything and then run with it without exercising proper professional editorial control over their content...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.1.12  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @15.1.11    5 months ago
"The New York Times and Fox News choose what content gets published or reported. They would never let just anyone submit anything and then run with it without exercising proper professional editorial control over their content..."

You're speaking about that antisemitic cartoon the NYT ran recently?

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.13  Heartland American  replied to  TᵢG @15.1.10    5 months ago

[We don't advertise other sites here.]

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.14  Heartland American  replied to  JBB @15.1.11    5 months ago

Well the New York Times and Fox News are not the same as a general political and news discussion forum.  People there are generally commenting on news or opinion generated or covered by those outlets rather than relying on members to bring in news and commentary from their competitors for their membership to comment on.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.15  Heartland American  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1.12    5 months ago

good point.  It seems that there are some on the left very often complaining about content brought here by their ideological opposition.  Meanwhile there is very little complaining from members here on the right making the same issue about seeded content brought here by our ideological opposition.  It I believe has something to to with tolerance for a wide diversity of ideas and opinion and who has it...

 
 
 
Heartland American
15.1.16  Heartland American  replied to  Heartland American @15.1.15    5 months ago

And the squeakiest wheel getting the grease...

 
 
 
charger 383
16  charger 383    5 months ago

I think the age in years of members and the way they act here are very different

 
 
 
TᵢG
16.1  TᵢG  replied to  charger 383 @16    5 months ago

Well said!

 
 
 
KDMichigan
16.2  KDMichigan  replied to  charger 383 @16    5 months ago
I think the age in years of members and the way they act here are very different

Prove it.

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charger 383
16.2.1  charger 383  replied to  KDMichigan @16.2    5 months ago

Ain't hard, just look at itjrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Heartland American
16.2.2  Heartland American  replied to  charger 383 @16.2.1    5 months ago

I have to agree with this.  There is also an ideological difference in the recent use of profanity and expletives directed by one side at the other side’s  members and ideas expressed. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
16.2.3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Heartland American @16.2.2    5 months ago

Desperation.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
17  Ed-NavDoc    5 months ago

Hey, I'm 64 and I can still chase my four grandkids down. The oldest is 22!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @17    5 months ago

Good for you, Superman!  LOL  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

Voting has now ended on the poll, and the final results, which should not be a surprise to anyone, are as follows:

Less than age 20.......0
Age 20 - 39..............3
Age 40 - 59............24
Age 60 - 79............29
Age 80 or greater......2
               
 
 
 
Sunshine
18.1  Sunshine  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18    5 months ago

Kind of what was expected.  I wonder how many are male and female?  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Sunshine @18.1    5 months ago

Had I asked that question, there are members here who would say I was misogynistic and sexist, and on the prowl for teenage girls, and they would pounce on me and post articles about it and pay some penniless women to swear affidavits about how I molested them when they were 10 years old even though Trump is not intending to nominate me for the SCOTUS.

 
 
 
Freefaller
18.1.2  Freefaller  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1.1    5 months ago
Had I asked that question, there are members here who would say I was misogynistic and sexist, and on the prowl for teenage girls, and they would pounce on me and post articles about it and pay some penniless women to swear affidavits about how I molested them when they were 10 years old even though Trump is not intending to nominate me for the SCOTUS.

Wow

 
 
 
Sunshine
18.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1.1    5 months ago

lol....ring of truth to that.

 
 
 
Sparty On
18.2  Sparty On  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18    5 months ago

Wow ..... NT is geezer central.

Guess we're just not cool enough for the kids and hipsters ......

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
19  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

This article has now served (survived?) its purpose, so it's time to move on to the subsequent topic of how to make the site better which can be followed on TiG's article.  Therefore I am now locking this article for good. 

 
 
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