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Meta-Thread 08/22

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Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson
I have been reading and writing for over 20 years. My passion is reading and I would like to someday write a novel. I enjoy exercise and shopping.


  1. Just to change things up around here, we should temporarily prohibit discussion on general deism and only allow specific deism posts.

    Otherwise, it’s just endless variations of Kalam / first cause / contingency arguments.

    The overwhelming majority of theists don’t just believe some generic creator god. Yet from looking at the posts here, it’s maybe just some Muslims who actually even want to talk about their God.

  2. This sub is disproportionately atheist — and that is perfectly fine, but can we make it a standard here that we don’t upvote or downvote posts based on how much we personally agree or disagree with them, but by how worthy the posts are of debate? Flaws in reasoning can be debated in the comments, but pretty much every theistic argument or criticism of atheism no matter how reasonable is voted flat or negative by the vast majority.

    Poorly presented, offensive/hateful or overly repetitive/common arguments that add nothing to the debate can be downvoted, but given the purpose of this place is to be a debate sub, preventing this place from becoming an echo chamber where only atheist and anti-theist takes get upvoted and rise to the top of the list should be a worthwhile goal.

    A lot of atheists seem to believe there is no such thing as a rational theistic argument (and I’m sure vice versa is also true), but downvoting such posts means they get hidden/deprioritized instead of debated.

    It is a great sub in general and people seem for the most part respectful given an emotional minefield like religion, but the majority stance has a layer of control over content presented that needs to be kept in check if you want theists to participate.

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