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    I've been a member of this site for roughly 6 years - and I discovered it accidentally while searching for information on a topic that had grabbed my interest.

    Not all of you may be aware that the Democratic Hub is a company that has 4 employees. It was started in 2009:

    https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/people/?facetCurrentCompany=%5B1420587%5D

    I was impressed by the intelligent conversations on the site, so decided to start contributing as well, and I have also encouraged other folks to visit the site.

    Since I was a teacher for a number of years, I adopted Aristotle as my avatar.

    Since I'm also a compulsive writer (roughly 500 articles on my blog) I've always tried to be careful not to overwhelm the site, so here is what I am proposing.

    One of my neighbors is a guy who has provided some very intelligent input into the Next Door website, so I have encouraged him to add his thoughts here as well.

    The problem that he detected is that there is not enough diversity of thought on the site, so he is holding off for now.

    The "regulars" on the site are Dutch, Schmidt, wwjd, jbfriedman, that guy in Arizona, and Zach.

    In terms of contributions, here are their numbers;

    Dutch - 12,000

    Schmidt - 6900

    Jared - 6400

    Zach - 2900

    that guy in Arizona - 2600

    wwjd - 2056

    I'm planning to stop posting until the 15th in order to encourage the rest of you to add your thoughts. If Dutch and I stayed off for that time period, how many of you would "ramp up" your contributions?

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    Wow, I still may stay of the "site" once's we have moved again overseas; as I wrote we had our house for sale and even had plenty of offers; the last offer I rejected because the "paperwork" in Europe worked way to slow. In the meantime the "virus" played havoc in Europe as well here a bit later. So I put the whole thing on hold for an T.B.D. time. So I hate to pester you guys for an bit longer than expected.

    Sure I can stay of the site until the 15th; except if Trump dies or gets jailed in that period. Or if I die because of the pure craziness in this country.

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    I came to this website after being rudely booted from others, most of which were run by hard right people, you can tell if they are or not. I did a web search to find this place. I appreciate people's tolerance here, I know I must have pissed off at least a few with my scribbles. Especially when discussing guns.

    Not real often, I'll visit here just to read posts, and not post myself. TJ once wrote this place was on life support, for whatever that might have meant.

    I adopted the doc Adams avatar because if anyone has ever watched gunsmoke, doc Adams seems to be the man with logical views and opinions in the series. Plus, he's always ready to patch someone up after being injured. I myself have patched up a few people, without being a doctor or having a license to practice in the medical profession. Years ago, people I worked with and around used to call me doc, only because I knew how to patch up cars and trucks to make them operable and roadworthy again. I used to be a NIASE auto tech and my areas of expertise was braking systems and engine repair. I also used to possess a DOT certification to operate trucks and heavy equipment.

    A wider audience might include right wing people, and I've sort of witnessed some come here expressing their opinions and being so timid to argue their points of view, they left with their tails between their legs. I've argued with conservatives for quite a few years on different websites, and got the ax because I was bold enough to see through their bs and call them out on it.

    Have I made any posts that contributed or enlightened anyone here? I doubt it, I only post here to make an opinion. What I like about this place is that there are like minded people posting here, whose opinions I share and like. I like people here who post about fact checking.

    I probably won't ramp up posting, I have thought of starting new threads, but have not after second thoughts. Some have to do with whats recently happened with my wife's employment situation, her employer has received federal PPP money, and just today without any notice, she had her work hours slashed. One other would be what will America do if any or all four Minnesota cops go to trial and are acquitted? We've already seen burning and looting in anger, what will happen next?

    Maybe more to come. I'm trying to digest reports that our economy is in a recession. Thinking about it is bothersome.

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    I find it interesting that you bring up this topic because I have been pondering creating a similar topic about the site decline.

    From my perspective this site was once highly active before I joined, but for reasons unknown to myself many active members left. I have no idea if there was something specific that happened and many left because of it, or they just drift off on their own for other reasons. This is more obvious when an old topic is resurrected that includes posts from past members that were active for years and individually each have thousands of posts total. I have literally wondered several times why so many of these active users disappeared.

    Here are some important factors that I think decrease site actively:

    There are other issues I could point out, but I will stop at these two. If I were to come here for the first time, I would not bother to stick around because the site appears to be not be updated.

    My recommendation is that if the owners are not able to maintain the site in such a way that it attracts new people, then they should consider shutting it down.

    To answer your question, the less new postings by everyone collectively, the less likely I will participate, which already has been the case. There are others users you could have added to your list, but they are posting less and less over the past year. Even Schmidt's postings are becoming infrequent.

    I would like to know Schmidt's perspective because he is someone who been around for many years.

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    The very limited response and further discussion is not a good sign.
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    We've certainly had peaks and valleys throughout the past number of years on this site.

    Moderators have been working on a number of other projects that have consumed most of our time, which has undoubtedly led to us having less time to manage and update other sites. We really hope to ramp up our work on Democratic Hub in the months leading up to the November election, so hang tight.

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    The "decline" of this board is not surprising. I have been on Radiofreeliberal since it was created after the Ed Schultz Show Message Board shut down. It too has the same problem. There a few regulars who are there all of the time and then a group who wonder by once in a while. The same applies to hypercrites.com

    The only boards that I know of that are long running and still have significant traffic are Democratic Underground and Liberalforum.org.

    I think that these forums run in cycles. I was on a couple that folded up as well.

    That being said there is nothing wrong with wanting more participants. I am not sure how to generate more traffic. I do appreciate that there is discussion of topics that are politically philosophical in nature here. There is none of that on some boards.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    We've certainly had peaks and valleys throughout the past number of years on this site.

    Moderators have been working on a number of other projects that have consumed most of our time, which has undoubtedly led to us having less time to manage and update other sites. We really hope to ramp up our work on Democratic Hub in the months leading up to the November election, so hang tight.

    Fair enough, I shall consider returning when the moderators and site owners have time to maintain democratichub.com.

    Thanks to AZ for putting a daily effort into keeping things active and creating this topic. It did not go unnoticed.

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    I am often frustrated by the seemingly minimal contributions. Makes me wonder if it's reflecting a lack of interest in politics aside from the hate spewed by the cult base on the other side. This article on CÑBC spoke on this topic yesterday.

    cnbc.com/2020/06/12/joanna-hoffman-face...

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    It's a "democratic hub" and in that sense we used to spend a lot of time on the nuances of democratic party issues. --economics, taxes, inequality, social issues, climate change, education, and more. However, it is my feeling that Donald Trump has hijacked the messaging board into a continual propaganda war that benefits him. Most threads and posts now seem to have a Trump overtone on everything, an obsession if you like -- what he does, what he tweets, what he thinks. The news media is consumed by him and thus on this website we likewise have become victim of the non-stop deluge of Trump news on TV, newspapers, social media. It consumes us. I find myself doing less of the "critical thinking" and engaging more in Trump anxiety.

    I came on this website in 2009, and when I look back at my early threads and posts, I am quite proud of them. We had good intellectual discussions and disagreements, but much of that "enlightened thinking" occurred under President Obama. I suppose I could make an analogy to the Qur'an. It is in fact two books...a Mecca inspired book and a Medina inspired book. The Mecca book written at a time of peace and prosperity and relative happiness stresses tolerance, tranquility, spirituality, acceptance, and inner cleansing. The Mecca book written later was written at a time of war and upheaval. It's verses reflect that.

    America has been changing, and I really felt good being a delegate for Obama at our state convention and assembly in 2008 and 2012. I knocked on over a thousand doors. I was energized. I bought his books and read everything I could about him and his policies. It was a happy time for me and much of America, except for the haters.

    Now in the past 3 1/2 years I suppose I could say I just feel beat down at 73 years old. I am tired of the endless "Trump everything" on MSNBC and CNN headlines as well as Washington Post and New York Times. My threads and posts likewise have become less intellectual and more Trump bashing. I feel contempt for everyone who supports him.

    Now I have read most all the 37 essays in "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" written by noted psychologists and mental health experts, and it's just made me more depressed. I started writing a blog article on Trump's hold on his base and society, but I find that the Trump news of the day is still consuming me. No time to pause and reflect. I cannot write objectively with something new on Trump every day driving the narrative and capturing the dark sides of our thoughts. What bothers me more is that is exactly what he is trying to do. He is controlling my thoughts. The more we cover him the less we cover all the other news including Joe Biden.

    The psychologists make comparisons of Trump to past tyrants. One of them delving into his "malignant narcissism" calls him a "true human monster". I'll finish the Trump blog article in the next few days, and then let it go. As Nancy Pelosi said, "he's not worth it." I would much rather cover Biden.

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    Yes, it's true, many of us suffer from TDS. When Obama was our president, many conservatives and republicans suffered from ODS.
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    Arizona,it is the 15th today, so I started writing again,because my fingers were itching to react on all the B.S. which happened since you said we should stop writing. At least I got things done in the yard. But yeah, as I wrote many times the "shit" only gets bigger so there is a lot to write about!!

    But no news on the "news:

    1) what is happening at the border? the kids? the "wall" itself/ etc.

    2) What is happening in Korea? Are they going to invade the "south"?

    3) What is happening in Iran, Iraq. and the Kurds?

    4) Is Netanyahu not yet in jail?

    5) How is Africa coping with the "virus"?

    6) How is the "trade" with China; did they drop "Trump's "phase one"? ( they did not buy soybeans as agreed etc.)

    Even The BBC gives very little news; I only see more of this on the Dutch news, but here they have forgotten the "world" around them I guess.

    As Schmidt says, it is all about the "Trump culture" which together with Fox News feeds the masses with its Hitler propaganda. It was not fun in 1932 and is not fun in 2020 as an repeat of history.

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    Puzzling to me. The forum has a high level of every positive consideration. Cordial to even the most radical disrupter. Highest level of objective perception. Good name. Why not top ranked loaded with activity???
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Puzzling to me. The forum has a high level of every positive consideration. Cordial to even the most radical disrupter. Highest level of objective perception. Good name. Why not top ranked loaded with activity???
    Chet, you are a great writer; there must be more people like you in this country who live in a certain/area/State in which things happen. But yeah I think the issue is the "mental" overload via TV, cellphones, other media as well "propaganda" spewed every day, so an small group like us does not get the attention of the US, let alone the world. People here are way too busy with other things than "politics" So that is the problem.
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    Arizona,looking at the replies after June 15th; then I'm at a loss related to what your "view" is right now; my guess is that nothing changed for the better, let alone in this country. Sorry to say, that this country does not count anymore on the world stage. I'm afraid that the elections will more look like an bloodbath, than an honest "normal" election as it should. It will show that the incompetence is unbelievable in every way, which will stagnate just about everything, That is what you get if you stick to outdated systems and laws and no proper "vetting" of the leaders and their subordinates ; just stick to an "electoral college" and let the "rich" have it their way, then an half baked success is assured.Crying

    There is no clear "direction" in which way this country thinks for its future; at least China has an 25 year plan; here we have an 5 minute plan. The incoherent/naive mess is here to stay!