Author Topic: Thank You, OSC  (Read 670 times)

Wayward Son

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Thank You, OSC
« on: August 24, 2021, 01:39:16 PM »
The Farewell to Ornery thread kinda started to do so, but then veered off into nostalgia.  So I'd like to make it explicit here.

Thank you, Orson Scott and Karen, and everyone else who contributed to this site.  It has been my pleasure to participate at this site for over a decade now.  This is the one place that I know where you can speak your mind to conservatives, liberals and everyone in between and not be shouted down or (overly) disparaged or bullied into silence.  Yes, we argue and fight and gang up and split up and get banned and do everything a raucous house of debate would be expected to do.  But we aren't vicious or nasty or overly personal.  And I think the Cards deserve the credit for creating that atmosphere.

I've been able to sharpen my arguments here against those who thought I was nuts.  I've modified my arguments by those who showed their weaknesses.  And I've reconsidered some of them when shown good information and persuasive points of view.  It has shown me that some outrageous ideas are not so outrageous, and some that were even more outrageous than I first thought.  But all through dialogue with others I respect and who showed me respect. :)

You created a fine site here, Mr. Card. It may not have met your hope and expectations, but it did a lot of what you wanted.  I don't think anyone had a better political site where all topics could be discussed openly and rationally, and were.  This board was unique, and may never be seen again.

So thank you for creating this site, maintaining it for all these years, and giving us all the opportunity to voice our thoughts on the issues of our times.  It may have been only a small jewel compared to the rest of the net, but it was a jewel nonetheless.

msquared

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Re: Thank You, OSC
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2021, 01:56:53 PM »
Just a small nit pick.  OSC's wife's name is Kristine, not Karen.  She is a warmly gracious lady who I have had the pleasure of having dinner with a few items (at least once in my home town and at least once in hers).

Wayward Son

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Re: Thank You, OSC
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2021, 11:44:36 AM »
I just hope they don't mind having a guest in their living room with egg on his face.  :-[

Fenring

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Re: Thank You, OSC
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2021, 12:31:54 PM »
You created a fine site here, Mr. Card. It may not have met your hope and expectations, but it did a lot of what you wanted.

I don't really know anything about OSC's past relationship to Ornery, so may I ask what you mean when you say it didn't meet his hope and expectations?

jc44

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Re: Thank You, OSC
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2021, 06:34:53 AM »
As a long time lurker (over 20 years now) I thought I should join the board before it goes away to express how much I've enjoyed reading the points of view expressed on this board.  I have not always agreed, I'm from the UK so my politics are liberal (not a dirty word here) by most US standards and I believe that the Earth is > 10000 years old but the arguments have normally been made cogently and in detail which I appreciate.

I'm poor and slow at essay writing, which is another reason I didn't join long ago, so if this is the end I'll just say "Thank you for everything" and if there is an afterlife I'll add "... and long may it continue".