OpinionOpinion sites make users write in first person too much
      – BorgClown, 2009-02-15 at 00:38:34   (10 comments)

On 2009-02-15 at 00:40:01, BorgClown wrote...
In sites like this one, participating without using the first person pronouns is very difficult. This statement had to be rephrased a couple of times in order to not do it.
On 2009-02-15 at 00:40:53, BorgClown wrote...
Boy, avoiding first person pronouns is a fun exercise.
On 2009-02-15 at 15:03:11, Thelevellers wrote...
Oh god! This reminds me of the classic problem when writing your persinal statement for uni... Going over and over removing as many 'I's' and 'me's' as possible, but obviously not compromising the meaning... Ergh... It's a good point though, it would be an interesting exercise to avoid it as much as possible - not sure if I'll remember or do very well, but I'll at least try and give it a shot! :)
On 2009-02-15 at 15:58:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I guess you mean when you add an opinion topic with wording like "I procrastinate excessively" where I is intended to be interpreted by the reader, rather than being a reference to the topic author. Originally I found this difficult, in the early SoapBoxxer days, but eventually worked out that simply writing "You procrastinate excessively" instead coveys the correct meaning. The former version is still valid, although I'd have to begin with something like "I, Lee Haywood..." Or are you talking about something else, like comments?
On 2009-02-16 at 19:03:47, Baslisks wrote...
I don't like non-personal opinions. Makes me feel like you are telling me to believe that and I get a strong automatic no response. I'm stubborn when it comes to people telling me I have to believe something. Its much easier when you explain things to me and let me understand them.
On 2009-02-16 at 19:47:48, Lee J Haywood wrote...
But then you get to vote to indicate what you actually feel, and if you're sufficiently irritated then all the more reason to make your position known in the comments. (-:
On 2009-02-16 at 20:01:16, Baslisks wrote...
no it makes me want to undermine whoever is doing it. Effective way of undermining is not participating.
On 2009-02-19 at 04:06:58, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: This opinion was about the comments, not the actual topic. Opinion sites must have a higher ratio of first pronouns per word, which is not so surprising after all. It is my sword duty to never utter a first-person pronoun in this topic.
On 2009-02-19 at 11:15:48, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yeah, you're always talking about yourself. (-:
On 2009-02-20 at 02:40:38, BorgClown wrote...
Crap, there's a my in my previous comment, and a typo... Shortest challenge ever...