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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

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  Thread: LGBTQ+ on School Survival
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magikarp General Talk 43 12,636 04-17-2017, 04:02 AM
  Thread: Serious Talk - Self Responsibility
Post: RE: Serious Talk - Self Responsibility

Yeah, I think this was mostly my having a different conception of what power means than a real disagreement. In general, people do have some control over their own lives, although I'd argue that cons...
magikarp Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 5 2,515 04-16-2017, 02:08 PM
  Thread: LGBTQ+ on School Survival
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magikarp General Talk 43 12,636 04-16-2017, 01:54 PM
  Thread: LGBTQ+ on School Survival
Post: RE: LGBTQ+ on School Survival

I am like, old and gay, and kind of ??? abt current gender politics. I think something was lost with the insistence that sexuality has nothing (ever) to do with gender expression or gender identity l...
magikarp General Talk 43 12,636 04-08-2017, 02:02 PM
  Thread: Serious Talk - Self Responsibility
Post: RE: Serious Talk - Self Responsibility

The idea of personal power in an individual sense is more or less bullshit. You, by and large, react to your life but don't really control it, in the sense that the set of choices you have is almost e...
magikarp Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 5 2,515 04-08-2017, 01:29 PM
  Thread: Why I believe depression is not a mental illness
Post: RE: Why I believe depression is not a mental illne...

(04-11-2016 12:08 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  In that sense, chronic depression can be thought of as a habit if it happens without any reason (although maybe there is still a reason deep down that the ...
magikarp Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 25 11,137 04-11-2016, 04:08 AM
  Thread: Harsh truths about accepting and overcoming depression
Post: RE: Harsh truths about accepting and overcoming de...

Quote:1. You're not depressed because life sucks, you're depressed because your life sucks. It sounds smug and offensive, but it's true. The moment you stop blaming and projecting your problems on the...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 31 14,002 04-10-2016, 02:02 PM
Brick Thread: Why I believe depression is not a mental illness
Post: RE: Why I believe depression is not a mental illne...

I have hidden this because I wanted to split it off but I can't see a way to do that right now. I believe it is not sufficiently helpful to remain in this thread w/out me taking a time to discredit it...
magikarp Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 25 11,137 04-10-2016, 12:33 PM
  Thread: Two bad points about this site
Post: RE: Two bad points about this site

Most of the parents I know are 'involved' to the point of the helicopter parenting kind of stereotype, so I think it depends. (I mean people don't not rely on school as daycare if they work, but it's ...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,688 01-11-2016, 03:50 AM
  Thread: Two bad points about this site
Post: RE: Two bad points about this site

Most of the people my parents' age I know are somewhat sympathetic even if they believe it's impractical (i.e., open to being convinced). Obviously "people I know" is not a random sample, but I don't ...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,688 01-11-2016, 03:27 AM
  Thread: Two bad points about this site
Post: RE: Two bad points about this site

I disagree that alternatives are inherently unrealistic. If you're in the situation where everyone takes it as a given that you are going to college, you pretty much just need to sell your parents on ...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,688 01-11-2016, 02:44 AM
  Thread: Why are kids in the teenage years such assholes?
Post: RE: Why are kids in the teenage years such asshole...

(10-18-2015 06:42 AM)Joker Wrote:  A modern, Western problem... Years to come, there will be studies of how human nature has changed. Media indoctrination - subliminal messages, disinfo, the a...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 38 28,556 01-01-2016, 09:32 AM
  Thread: My teacher is a eugenicist
Post: RE: My teacher is a eugenicist

(11-26-2015 12:45 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:   (11-26-2015 12:19 PM)magikarp Wrote:   (11-26-2015 12:17 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  You forget to mention that especially white folk are declini...
magikarp School Talk 29 7,208 11-26-2015, 01:12 PM
  Thread: My teacher is a eugenicist
Post: RE: My teacher is a eugenicist

(11-26-2015 12:17 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  You forget to mention that especially white folk are declining in population. Is it relevant?
magikarp School Talk 29 7,208 11-26-2015, 12:19 PM
  Thread: My teacher is a eugenicist
Post: RE: My teacher is a eugenicist

(11-25-2015 07:43 PM)|55555| Wrote:  We're reaching a point where our population is becoming unsustainable and therefore should be limiting the total number of kids people can have as China did....
magikarp School Talk 29 7,208 11-26-2015, 12:08 PM
  Thread: I'm a new member
Post: RE: I'm a new member

(10-09-2015 07:06 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  So... wait... college is technically compulsory in the UK now? :confused: College in the UK refers to the 12th and 13th years of school (not including the ...
magikarp Welcome! 12 2,663 10-12-2015, 11:14 AM
  Thread: Non-driving
Post: RE: Non-driving

(10-06-2015 03:08 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Its a bit impractical for most. Mass transit is not always reliable and certainly no less dangerous than driving yourself. Statistically it is less dang...
magikarp General Talk 38 6,236 10-06-2015, 11:50 PM
  Thread: Consumerism
Post: RE: Consumerism

I mean, obviously I don't think you should trample people or w/e trying to get a TV, but I think that's a kind of limited view of 'consumerism'. You can view consumerism, on one hand, as people frivol...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 27 6,835 10-05-2015, 03:11 AM
  Thread: .
Post: RE: Question about work permit

(10-04-2015 09:48 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  work permit? I don't know of work permits in the US... Some states require minors to have a work permit if they haven't finished high school, and, depen...
magikarp Alternative Learning & Income 4 3,989 10-05-2015, 01:57 AM
  Thread: A Beka's hatred for set theory
Post: RE: A Beka's hatred for set theory

(09-24-2015 03:09 PM)Hawkbit Wrote:  Set theory is, in essence, an extension of work in regards to discovering that there are an infinite number of real numbers--thus a way was needed to sort in...
magikarp School Talk 2 2,594 09-25-2015, 02:54 AM
  Thread: Suspended for a homemade clock...?
Post: RE: Suspended for a homemade clock...?

(09-17-2015 10:13 AM)TheCancer Wrote:  A metal box full of wires. ... Like I said, the kid shouldn't be treated like a criminal, but on the other hand - I don't have any idea what real homema...
magikarp School Talk 26 6,737 09-18-2015, 01:34 AM
  Thread: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings
Post: RE: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings

(09-12-2015 07:33 AM)thewake Wrote:   (09-11-2015 06:50 AM)magikarp Wrote:   (09-10-2015 11:01 AM)thewake Wrote:   (09-10-2015 10:40 AM)magikarp Wrote:  Trigger warnings don't (in...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,002 09-12-2015, 11:37 AM
  Thread: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings
Post: RE: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings

(09-10-2015 11:01 AM)thewake Wrote:   (09-10-2015 10:40 AM)magikarp Wrote:  Trigger warnings don't (inherently) have to do with avoiding material, but for someone with PTSD to know what the...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,002 09-11-2015, 06:50 AM
  Thread: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings
Post: RE: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings

Trigger warnings don't (inherently) have to do with avoiding material, but for someone with PTSD to know what they're getting into ahead of time. You have to justify why the surprise, not the material...
magikarp School Talk 13 4,002 09-10-2015, 10:40 AM
  Thread: The Hackschooler Goes Back to School. Sort Of.
Post: RE: The Hackschooler Goes Back to School. Sort Of.

Only slightly more than a third (~35%) of people 25-29 have at least a bachelor's degree, so I find it a bit implausible that "most" careers require them. Also ~70% of people with student debt have le...
magikarp School Talk 11 6,537 09-04-2015, 07:45 AM
  Thread: Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids
Post: RE: Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids

(09-02-2015 03:41 AM)megawatt Wrote:  What's not progressive about making your own decisions? Or does someone define progressiveness as collectivism? Supporting certain public goods isn't inhere...
magikarp Alternative Learning & Income 10 5,420 09-02-2015, 11:18 PM
  Thread: Four-day school week can improve academic performance, study finds
Post: RE: Four-day school week can improve academic perf...

Is it like a regional thing? The few middle-class Americans I know irl (most of whom are closer to upper-middle class for whatever that's worth) basically ate fast food in college and at baseball game...
magikarp School Talk 24 7,085 08-31-2015, 02:38 AM
  Thread: Four-day school week can improve academic performance, study finds
Post: RE: Four-day school week can improve academic perf...

I actually agree with the other form of daycare (although it reduces some of the cost savings). Not American so, again, I don't know for sure about food prices in the US, but if you were buying groce...
magikarp School Talk 24 7,085 08-31-2015, 01:02 AM
  Thread: Four-day school week can improve academic performance, study finds
Post: RE: Four-day school week can improve academic perf...

Whether or not school 'should' be free daycare, people have already arranged their schedules (in the long-term sense) around it being free daycare and it's like, not really conducive to some kid's lea...
magikarp School Talk 24 7,085 08-30-2015, 11:08 PM
  Thread: Four-day school week can improve academic performance, study finds
Post: RE: Four-day school week can improve academic perf...

Ehh, theoretically interesting, probably bad for families where both parents work. (I'm not American, but I'm working under the assumption that most of the US doesn't have subsidized daycare.) On the...
magikarp School Talk 24 7,085 08-30-2015, 02:25 PM
  Thread: How to afford my food.
Post: RE: How to afford my food.

Soylent isn't all that cheap - the powder, according to the website is $2.00/400kCal with a subscription. For an average man, minimally you want 1600 calories (probably more like 2000), so that's ...
magikarp General Talk 10 1,572 08-20-2015, 10:33 AM
  Thread: How can you become a teacher without being involved in public education?
Post: RE: How can you become a teacher without being inv...

Depending on preference and situation, I know people who charged ~$40-$50 an hour (CAD, though) for tutoring college-level math. Admittedly, it's probably hard to make that into a full-time thing.
magikarp School Talk 4 2,107 08-18-2015, 06:59 AM
  Thread: Thinking Skills (A/AS-Level) Please Help!
Post: RE: Thinking Skills (A/AS-Level) Please Help!

17. First find the total he can increase the price to for an average week: 40 visits*25c/visit = 1000c 300 km*10c/km = 3000c Therefore, the current total is 4000c. If he can increase this by 10%, th...
magikarp Homework Help & Answers 4 3,019 08-14-2015, 02:40 PM
  Thread: Thinking Skills (A/AS-Level) Please Help!
Post: RE: Thinking Skills (A/AS-Level) Please Help!

(08-13-2015 07:51 AM)vonunov Wrote:  #6 Requirements: - Buy as many cards as you can - Have a mixture of designs - Have no more than 4 cards of any one design Facts: - Each design occurs...
magikarp Homework Help & Answers 4 3,019 08-14-2015, 01:58 PM
  Thread: Doesn't work can be just as grueling and miserable as school?
Post: RE: Doesn't work can be just as grueling and miser...

It can be, it's not inherently. If you're desperate for a job (i.e., living paycheck to paycheck, even if you're making good money) people will take advantage of that, though. [I mean, almost everyth...
magikarp Alternative Learning & Income 23 6,262 08-13-2015, 02:02 AM
  Thread: Once-active SS-user is now conventionally successful. Discuss.
Post: RE: Once-active SS-user is now conventionally succ...

It depends what impact you're trying to have - surprisingly enough, you don't have to be all that successful to get away with saying things like that. I'm only successful in the sense that my parents ...
magikarp School Talk 8 4,786 07-27-2015, 10:44 PM
  Thread: Is t.v really that bad for you
Post: RE: Is t.v really that bad for you

The most obvious thing is that tv and books are both produced and curated differently. TV is time-consuming and expensive to produce, but comparatively easy to broadcast, which tends to encourage kind...
magikarp School Talk 5 1,883 07-27-2015, 10:53 AM
  Thread: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide
Post: RE: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide

...Marriage has quite a lot to do with immigration actually in the US, in the sense that spousal immigration is more or less automatically approved assuming your income is considered sufficient to sup...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 31 9,623 07-01-2015, 08:55 AM
  Thread: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide
Post: RE: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide

(06-28-2015 06:45 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Like said elsewhere, I dont support LGBT but I dont believe marriage should be a legal status beyond a simple census statistic (so none of that govt per...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 31 9,623 07-01-2015, 07:28 AM
  Thread: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide
Post: RE: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide

(06-30-2015 01:32 PM)DoA Wrote:   (06-30-2015 12:33 PM)magikarp Wrote:   (06-29-2015 07:00 AM)DoA Wrote:   (06-29-2015 03:47 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  I'm surprised it took "the land o...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 31 9,623 06-30-2015, 10:15 PM
  Thread: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide
Post: RE: The USA Legalized Gay Marriage Nationwide

(06-29-2015 07:00 AM)DoA Wrote:   (06-29-2015 03:47 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  I'm surprised it took "the land of the free" so long to do this. :P Anyway, yay, progress and stuff. So long? There...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 31 9,623 06-30-2015, 12:33 PM
  Thread: I'm a Parent...
Post: RE: I'm a Parent...

I'm 23, I'm a programmer. But either way, I don't think taking work home is such an involved 'skill' that you need to practice just in case you need it.
magikarp School Talk 45 7,999 04-09-2015, 09:40 AM
  Thread: I'm a Parent...
Post: RE: I'm a Parent...

(04-09-2015 05:22 AM)casperthegoth Wrote:  After a period where education was valued, our humanity descended into a period of lacking innovation and very little forward momentum. This was a peri...
magikarp School Talk 45 7,999 04-09-2015, 08:55 AM
  Thread: My school's overzealous gsa club
Post: RE: My school's overzealous gsa club

If people are mad about 'too many' posters, I'm pretty sure it's not the case that your school doesn't have a problem with homophobia. And gay marriage isn't really the end-all-be-all anyway; gay marr...
magikarp School Talk 9 2,898 04-07-2015, 04:12 AM
  Thread: Any mature students in college/uni. here?
Post: RE: Any mature students in college/uni. here?

Graduated from university, going back for grad school 'cause I'm all about that perpetual student life apparently. I think college is worth it if you have more or less the temperament for it and assu...
magikarp School Talk 14 2,766 04-07-2015, 02:42 AM
  Thread: Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids
Post: Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids

Quote:Could such a go-it-alone ideology ever be truly progressive—by which I mean, does homeschooling serve the interests not just of those who are doing it, but of society as a whole? In her N+1 pie...
magikarp Alternative Learning & Income 10 5,420 01-26-2015, 07:20 AM
  Thread: The ultimate thread for feminism
Post: RE: The ultimate thread for feminism

(01-16-2015 10:20 AM)KFC Nyan Cat Wrote:  (did you know? if you are actually getting lower pay than the male employees, you can sue?) Not provable in general if you're working somewhere you had ...
magikarp General Talk 33 8,164 01-17-2015, 10:53 AM
  Thread: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would hold if America became communist.
Post: RE: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would...

...No, I mean, less than half of tax revenue in the US comes from personal income taxes and of that, about 30% is paid by "the middle class" (using a v. broad definition of middle class). And the weal...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 53 13,584 07-19-2014, 08:16 AM
  Thread: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would hold if America became communist.
Post: RE: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would...

(07-19-2014 04:52 AM)vitralizer Wrote:  Automation only works so long as the companies prefer to use robots over training people. That kind of activity would end. Uh, you know 'communism' doesn'...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 53 13,584 07-19-2014, 05:26 AM
  Thread: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would hold if America became communist.
Post: RE: Tell me the value the willful unenployed would...

There is a certain kind of aimlessness that is absolutely an effect of prolonged poverty. And uh, the thing about everyone working kind of falls apart anyway when the huge majority of industrial produ...
magikarp Philosophy, Politics & History 53 13,584 07-19-2014, 04:24 AM

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