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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:18 pm    Post subject: 'Sup  Reply with quote

Hi guys! Old time poster on BBC messageboards and occasional poster on the original NGL here. Will be adding my thoughts to discussions on here as well  

Only just found out that the BBC boards closed, what a shame! The diversity of that board was great. Nobody mentioned me in their top posters either *sad face*
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Samuel ... I think I remember you as a very intelligent young atheist. Or does my memory fail me?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I remember you too. Welcome aboard.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that's the same Samuel I remember as a (far, far too occasional) poster from the CTMB - a very young Samuel - I'm absolutely delighted that you've found us  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I too had wondered if it was that intelligent young man! I hope he lets us know at what stage he is now in his education. I bet he's done well.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I probably should remember you - but don't I'm afraid.

But welcome anyway    
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SusanDoris wrote:
Yes, I too had wondered if it was that intelligent young man! I hope he lets us know at what stage he is now in his education. I bet he's done well.


Thanks for your interest! Right now I have just completed my second year of a History and Politics degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Taking a break now over the summer and trying to get a job before I start my third year, dissertation and all, in which I will be aiming for a first. I am loving my course as well!

Thanks for the welcome everyone else, seems I am remembered from my BBC days, which is nice! I certainly learnt a lot being on the boards about all kinds of stuff, from atheism to Christianity and also a lot on evolution and geology from the good people shooting down poor creationist excuses for arguments.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well done, Samuel, and all good wishes for a first next year.

Have you found that religious groups have tried to entice you to join them?! I hope you have found a group of critical thinkers to debate and discuss with.

What do you think of the r&E forum into which most of the BBC CT posters have moved?

Have you had time to join any groups or societies within the University?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SusanDoris wrote:
Very well done, Samuel, and all good wishes for a first next year.

Have you found that religious groups have tried to entice you to join them?! I hope you have found a group of critical thinkers to debate and discuss with.

What do you think of the r&E forum into which most of the BBC CT posters have moved?

Have you had time to join any groups or societies within the University?


Apologies for the late reply, only just seen this!

Thank you for the kind wishes, they are appreciated! There are religious societies at my university but they have never tried to convert me or anyone else as far as I am ware. As I see it, they wait for people to ask to join them rather than going around trying to convert or any such thing, which I respect.

I have had a look at the new R&E forum and it seems pretty feisty, similar to the old forum at times, very and and thrust. However I just don't think forums which are hosted on a site specifically made for said forum will ever be as successful as the BBC example. The BBC forum had the rare, possibly even unique advantage of having massive amount of traffic moving through the main site for all sorts of reasons, and had the constant advantage of being able to glean users from this massive traffic to join the debate; indeed I myself started on the religion forum from the old science forums that I found while exploring the BBC site looking at other stuff. I dare say that a large number of other posters found it in a similar manner.

Other forums that have their particular sites will not receive this same kind of traffic; you have to actively search them out to find and join them, and there is no such traffic looking at anything else as pretty much all there is is the forum itself, rather than the massive amount of features the BBC site had to offer. Thus I suspect the vast majority who join are out looking for them in the first place, not those who may find it interesting but for example haven't thought of such things, where on the BBC they can stumble across it as I did. Thus these sites, while generating some nice debates, rarely have in particular the diversity and also the sheer number of posters the BBC forums had. It's sad they have gone and I wish they were still open - from an educational perspective I learnt massive mounts about not just religion but also science, geology and all sorts of things - but I understand the BBC's reasons in age of austerity where modding teams cost money that the BBC is short of.

At university I certainly have joined societies, which I am glad I have done as they are great fun! The one I spend most time with is the Rock Society (indeed I was on the council last year) which is a society of fans of rock music (as well as alternative music like electronic, goth etc) which isn't a debating society as such but the people there as with any group of people together on a single interest means there are differing opinions, some of which can be debated; mostly its about the social aspect of being in a group of like minded people music-wise and going to drinking establishments however.

The other society I participated in is the politics society which debates all things political, which is relevant to my course but also interesting in itself if you ask me. Everyone there is intelligent and form reasoned opinions so its fun to talk about issues like this and others; religion also pops up occasionally but unfortunately no-one in our society is especially religious so there isn't much debate in this regard. The disagreements and fun aspects of debating come more in the form of ideological differences; the feminist vegetarians, which which there are quite a number, are also interesting to talk to. I did a presentation on the dangers of fundamentalism which ended up more as a warning against extremism and and divisiveness in general which was nice.

Sorry if I have gone on a bit too much here by the way :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about your point that because the Beeb has a whole array of items, topics and services that people, visiting their site, could easily come across other interests that they would not normally and initially think to bother with. I have found myself following links on the Beeb in such manner.

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