April 29, 2020 8:44 pm at 8:44 pm #1855062
Sometimes people write opinions without too much explanation and we don’t even know who they are so why would we care about a random opinion from someone who may have zero credentials? other times people present things as fact when they are clearly not. then you have the guy that says something so outrageous that hes probably joking and just trying to see what you’ll respond… and there are probably many other options… so I was wondering what are ur motives when u comment in the coffee room?April 29, 2020 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #1855084ubiquitinParticipant
2) to flesh out my own ideas
note: changing other’s mind is not on my list I doubt its on too many other’s hereApril 29, 2020 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #1855097Sam KleinParticipant
To help out another brother asking for help or advice on a certain topicApril 29, 2020 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #1855098
I’ve been thanked a number of times for expressing points that others recognized as correct but were either inarticulate to express or too bashful to post (possibly concerned about being on the aggressive end of leftist respondents.)
Other times some folks said I convinced them to my side of the argument, where before they had the opposite opinion.April 30, 2020 8:07 am at 8:07 am #1855152Doing my bestParticipant
Life can be boring.April 30, 2020 8:09 am at 8:09 am #1855158Little FroggieParticipant
Oh do I remember this one!!! This is one of those questions that come around from year (or maybe 2, or maybe 3 or maybe 4, but definitely not 5) years. That’s how I gauge how much time (what’s that?) has passed. So if I remember correctly from last time, the first answer is that I don’t comment here. That answers all questions.
The second answer is mostly to drive people off the web, back into the world of reality – of people, places and things. So when I go and rant my mind off, that in of itself is a great incentive.
The third answer is the sometimes I may THINK I have something important enough to broadcast to the world at large, something I felt the world is just waiting for…
Fourth – sometimes just a quip, a joke (r”l) or a line, maybe a word of Chizuk, something to share with another, something which to brighten up another person’s day. A kind word, a virtual smile / giggle, a thoughtful piece of comfort… Bringing a lift to another, to changes another’s bleak, dismal outlook to that of a bright, sunny future…
Olam Chesed Yibaneh – that’s what we’re all here for, no?April 30, 2020 8:14 am at 8:14 am #1855182n0mesorahParticipant
P. S. Sam – I find that very helpful. But Ubiquitin changed my mind.
Send regards to Just!!!!!!!!April 30, 2020 8:24 am at 8:24 am #1855217miamirebbeParticipant
Many people really feel that they the right approach to matters and want a platform to speak. I certainly think anyone writing kn here wants to convince others of their argument. They probably would deny that, but I am sure it is true. I made this account just now, after seeing years of discussion in the CR that I would never consider commenting on. Its nice that people have a platform.April 30, 2020 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #1855437
if they are looking for a platform, why do it in a place where more often than not u never know if anyone is maskim, or even cares about what u have to say?April 30, 2020 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm #1855473ForshayerParticipant
A few points. First of all, the comments section of YWN seems not to be working so the CR is the only place to comment? Second, it’s loads of fun to give answers to people who think that so called important topics asked anonymously on the CR are going to get a serious reply. Even the few topics that are genuinely interesting and important, asking from behind the cover of the internet seems to detract from the issue at hand.April 30, 2020 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #1855567CTLAWYERParticipant
Because there are some things best said/run by people you don’t know who don’t live in your immediate surroundingsApril 30, 2020 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm #1855606Reb EliezerParticipant
To disseminate Torah, discuss halachic issues and political toics.April 30, 2020 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #1855648DovidBTParticipant
It’s like a modern day Gemara, and we’re wannabe Amoraim.April 30, 2020 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #1855655
For the same reason you might have any of the same conversations you have in this online coffee room as you would have with friends and family in your living room, lunch room, conference room or at the restaurant.
There’s no significant difference whenever you had the same conversation here or in real life.April 30, 2020 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #1855669
one difference is i know who the person is so i can decide based on that how much credence to give to their opinion.
another difference when i say something to someone in person i will always get a response and know if they agree or disagree etc.
so i guess u dont consider these differences significant?
when u converse u dont care for a response? many comments in the coffee room are never validated the way most comment are validated in person. whats a platform if u have no idea if anyone is listening?
you think everyone should care about anything anyone says regardless of if they have any clue if they know what they are talking about?May 1, 2020 12:26 am at 12:26 am #1855683
justsaying001: How about shiurim given by phone now, with everyone muted, due to the coronavirus preventing it being given in person in shul, as they were previously given.May 1, 2020 8:05 am at 8:05 am #1855726rabbigreenspanParticipant
Joseph, in response to your first comment, thank you.
Just, in response to your 2 comments, I agree with them, and I also agree with you in the recent discussion regarding minyan.
I think my opinion on this matter is very much along the lines of CTL that we live in echo chambers for most of our lives with family members who generally share our values, and we often choose friends based on their similarities to ourselves. This is a rare opportunity to have discussions with such a wide swath of personalities and viewpoints.May 1, 2020 9:20 am at 9:20 am #1855805
Rabbi Greenspan: Thank You. I agree with you here as well as other posts you’ve made such as regarding Israel’s memorial day holiday.May 1, 2020 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm #1855972
shiurim are for the most part just for giving over and explaining content. although you can call up the magid shiur to ask ur questions. some conference call systems allow you to unmute urself and ask ur questions. and i hope the magid shiur knows theres a demand for his shiur and hes not talking to no-one.
for example, why would anyone care about an anonymous opinion on if america should reopen, sounds like a really complex question thats most probably above the pay-grade of a bored coffee room participant, no? shouldn’t we look to the people that understand all the aspects of the big picture of what it means to reopen for an educated opinion on this topic? so why do people post on these topics? do they care if anyone cares? they just want to see what other people think about their opinion? do they think they’re right and want to somehow change the world by opening up the eyes of the other bored ppl in the coffee room? do they need the validation that someone reads it and responds or that is just an extra plus?
if ur wondering why im posting and asking this, the answer is pure curiosity, in general i dont post for the validation, its usually to post a widely accepted source-based fact to offer insight into a discussion or to offer an opinion on something that the average person would be considered a man-d’amar in. otherwise i dont really see the point in many of the posts in the coffee room.May 4, 2020 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #1857029hujuParticipant
To show everybody how smart I am.May 5, 2020 12:24 am at 12:24 am #1857039
js001: “for example, why would anyone care about an anonymous opinion on if america should reopen”
Why do newspapers (from the NY Times and WSJ down to your local newspaper) virtually all have anonymous Opinion/Editorials every day? As well as make political endorsements during elections.May 6, 2020 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #1857795hujuParticipant
And, may I add, I don’t think it’s working.May 6, 2020 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #1857805YW Moderator-29 👨💻Moderator
Aw huju, that’s only because I keep editing out the good stuff.
😁May 6, 2020 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #1857812
Tell that to Dean Baquet.May 6, 2020 9:15 pm at 9:15 pm #1857926Yechi HamelechParticipant
To show everyone how dumb they are
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