The Flat Earth Society

The Flat Earth Society => Announcements => Topic started by: la xasop on December 01, 2018, 12:28:31 PM

Title: We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Post by: la xasop on December 01, 2018, 12:28:31 PM
Five years ago to the minute, I asked for help (https://forum.tfes.org/index.php?topic=637) in building the best damn Flat Earth discussion forum on the web. The growth and success we've seen since then is more amazing than any of us ever could have hoped for.

The number of people who've helped make this place what it is is too numerous to mention, but here are some high points:
We're especially proud to be a positive influence on the growth (https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2017/11/28/americas-flat-earth-movement-appears-to-be-growing) of the Flat Earth movement at large. We believe that being transparent and providing a freethinking platform for open (but civil!) discussion of all ideas is the best way to promote our own ideas, as people see how they stand up to scrutiny. We believe the numbers speak for themselves on this one.

To everyone reading this, no matter where you are, what shape you think the Earth is or what your opinion of our organisation, we invite you to raise a glass to these accomplishments, and hope you'll be a part of making the next five years even better!
Title: Re: We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Post by: Chicken Fried Clucker on December 03, 2018, 03:07:17 PM
Congratulations on the milestone. Y'all have built a fantastic site, run it with dignity and class, promote free speech rather it is offensive or not and have put together a fair amount of intelligent free thinkers willing to push the envelope of questioning the status quo.

Mazel tov!
Title: Re: We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Post by: Cain on December 03, 2018, 07:33:01 PM
Even I'll admit that this forum is a pretty good one.
Try not to break it.
Title: Re: We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Post by: Jura-Glenlivet on December 03, 2018, 09:04:42 PM

Milk shake cold and long, raised.
Title: Re: We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Post by: Dr Van Nostrand on December 08, 2018, 04:34:13 PM
As much as it sucks, it's a fact of life that the world holds counter-cultural people and points of view to a different standard than mainstream people and points of view. Bill Nye can show up for a flat earth debate wearing a zany novelty tie and people embrace it as evidence that he's a fun, clever guy. If the flat-earther shows up in a zany novelty tie, it's taken as evidence he's a crack pot. TFES has to maintain a seriously serious persona because so many people walk in the front door with the preconception that this place is full of whackos. It's a bummer that we have to dampen the jocular drollery in the upper forums but it's understandable.

It's not just TFES but any non-mainstream viewpoint has to watch how they carry themselves. An activist in front of their state legislature who's trying to legalize pot can't show up looking like Cheech and/or Chong. They have to look straight just like the people their trying to talk to.

For all the arguing over moderation, I have to say TFES has done ok.



Raises a bottle of mad dog in salute...       just before a wave of nausea from the morning's hangover causes me to blow chunks....