I know I lurked for at least two years before posting.
I remember I was terrified of stepping on toes, getting banned, or providing information that anyone would find interesting in the smallest amount. Who knew that anonymous internet posting could be so intimidating?
I was so timid, in fact, that I couldn't even have my first post be a part of "the arguement" and was more of a tap-on-the-shoulder, what-about-this? kind of suggestion.
The worry that came with the posting was so much that I lurked for another 3 months before my second post...
I've since learned the following:
-you don't get banned around here unless you're an idiot who has no manners. If you just treat people with respect, you'll do just fine. -EVERYONE'S subjective opinion is interesting to someone... besides, if we didn't post our subjective opinions, there wouldn't be much to discuss at all. -synesthesia is still one of the coolest medical conditions I've ever heard about, and I still wish I had it
Edited by Stile, : You are free to move along. These are not the edits you're looking for. *waves hand
...I was wondering if people would be interested in taking up RAZD's suggestion of highlighting and commenting on their first topic proposal?
Shameless self-promotion of my first topic? I jump at the chance!
Morals without God or Darwin, just Empathy Message 1
As I became more confident with my ongoing posting and involvement in the EvC world. It only took me a little over two years between my first post and my first topic. Gotta be some kind of record!!
My first topic is still one of my favourite topics here... all about morals. Why we have them, where they come from, and does any of that actually matter now that we do have them. It helped me frame my thoughts and firm up my own confidence in having a moral system that did not rely on traditional writings or evolutionary heritage. It's a moral system that's completely made up But, that's it's strength, not it's weakness. In being made up, it is not restricted by any limitations, it's free to take on the best and good parts of any other moral system, and free to denounce the worst and bad parts of anything else as well.