It's right up there in print.
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Messages - Jake_MONDATTA
I don't know that you can really change it. It seems pretty institutionalized here. The cliques, I mean. I think it comes from the fact that many use this site as a social vehicle and that the mods tolerate cliquish behavior, but tend to be tougher on outsiders.
Sure, please consider the examples I've already given. Given the mild tenor of my posts, for example, did she have any basis for accusing me of hysteria and seeing "evil cliquish plots" everywhere? Something tells me you wouldn't agree with that characterization of my posts.
I'm not trying to bull you, really. I don't.
But her "good faith effort" involves attempting to marginalize any one who doesn't agree with her. That's more or less exactly what I'm talking about.
Predictions of the "death of biglaw" are about as absurd as predictions of the "death of capitalism" being floated about.
I really disagree with the first part. There's nothing absurd about the idea that gargantuan law firms are not eternal. I mean, a few decades ago people would've said the same thing about the idea that gargantuan auto companies are not eternal.
Okay, I can see you guys are about to come down pretty hard on me for having my own perspective. I'm not really all that interested in defending my position ad absurdum all evening long. You guys win, there are no cliques here, discussion is free and easy and this site provides a welcome home for every viewpoint.
Now please excuse me while I take my viewpoint to a forum where it's even more welcome.
It wasn't an innocent question. She's been so annoyed with my posts that she's written me two PMs to personally reprimand me, volumes of responses about how I'm going on and on about "evil cliquish plots" and things and now she's even questioning my motivation for posting here.
I'm sorry, but I'm not going to back down simply because a few people don't agree with me. I've said what I have to say. I don't mind if you disagree with it or even challenge me on the specifics - but don't act like my opinions are illegitimate just because you don't agree with them or because they annoy Miss P. Well, you can do what you want... but I don't have to like it. I don't.
What I'm talking about, in my view, is worse than driving people away because they feel they don't belong to the clique I've seen the following scenario acted out several times here: 1) an opinion is expressed that one of the regulars doesn't agree with 2) others in the group of regulars rally to shout down the expressor of the opinion, 3) said opinion expressor gets fed up and moves on.
That limits discussion, stifles diversity of opinion and generally degrades the quality of interaction on this site.
Why do you "remain curious about the things that make [me] want to stay here?" Why are my motivations for posting here any of your business? Because you get to evaluate whether or not people posting here have legitimate reasons for doing so?