O.k. I had my fun.
This thread was created with a simple question "Do You Believe in God?" This was purposefully done to elicit a simple response (yes/no). From then on, the OP was responsible for questioning the respondents' way of thinking/life on God (notice I did not mention religion).
The simple question was designed to, for lack of better words, baiting the respondents with a simple question, hooking them in with personal interrogation, and then reeling them by asking more questions or evoking some strong emotional response.
Sometimes, this makes the emotionally focused person respond with interesting answers, but it might do the opposite and in the heat of the moment, create an embarrassing scenario. I took the gamble and "trolled" people into anger/heightened emotions to evoke something. The product was either discussion or some hilarious nonsense fueled by chronic proctitis. Either way, nothing of value was lost.
For those of you that do not get why I started the thread with a list of specific questions is because for a number of reasons, including but not limited to
- the thread would get less people to discuss about the topic
- the list would restrict what would be discussed
- discussing topics outside the list would create conflict
- OP isn't nearly as responsible for the thread's direction; open to more shitposting
- the thread would turn into a superficial impersonal survey, not a one to one discussion
- if the respondents aren't interested, the thread would quickly die
Thoughts regarding the partition of the thread when OP's direction was absent
I was surprised how active this thread was after its initial death, but I wasn't eager to reply and question what new posters thought. I was quite done with the topic, but I was curious with how the thread will go on without the direction OP has.
The result: as expected, there were some shitposting, ironic shitposting which is just shitposting, and actual discussions/arguments fueled by a combination of (hostile) intellect/ignorance.
For those that (ironically) shitposted, I wasn't disappointed much since I didn't expect much out of you anyway. Expunging the comments would require effort, and I do not spend any for shit posters. Leaving the comments on the thread reflects your unpleasant personality. I hope you guys take your bullshit baloney-like babble somewhere else. Your asinine drivel is honestly a waste of space.
For those that have genuinely contributed their thoughts and opinions and occasionally facts, I thank you. Never change. :D
I want to clarify that I very much appreciate your opinions, even if it differs from what I am thinking. Discussing a topic with a group of people opens up my mind to ideas and other plausible possibilities.
From what I have observed, the frequency of shitposting occurs when OP does not hold the rein of his/her own thread. However, letting the users converse with each other without the OP's guidance has yielded some interesting comments. Finding the right balance requires more testing.
The defining essence of this thread was its impromptu-like nature. If the OP and the respondents are interested enough, the absence of direction and structure promptly becomes incipient. The intensity and duration of the thread is up to the OP's discretion.
Alas, I have decided that this thread should not be kept alive any longer. I will lock this thread. So long, and thanks for all the fish.