Is there anything we can do to stop this
happening? There are so many interesting conversations to have about trans issues and that ain't one.
posted by Acheman to Etiquette/Policy at 3:50 AM (779 comments total)
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I appreciate that people are at different levels of education about this topic, but the question of whether the term 'cis-' is hate speech is just so far from being the most interesting conversation that could have been had about that article. As ArmyOfKittens
so beautifully pointed out, trans threads are now a crapshoot depending on whether someone comes in within two or three comments trying to steer them towards the same discussion. Again. And again. And again. The thing that's odd to me is that these people
1) Are interested enough in the topic to post in trans issues threads
2) Are not interested enough in the topic to have got used to the idea that having a label for 'the state of not being trans' is more convenient than not having a label.
3) Are not interested enough in the topic to have noticed that we have had this conversation before.
What is the best way to solve this? I appreciate that this is on the uneasy boundary between 'noise' and someone trying to have a genuine conversation, but I do think at this point that it's edging towards 'noise'. I don't want this place to be an echo chamber, but the problem with this kind of discussion is that it edges out all the other discussions we could be having. Would it be possible to delete as 'noise' comments only about the 'cis-' issue when the topic of the thread is not specifically the 'cis-' issue? I am sure people would be far more likely to FIAMO if there was some indication that this would be dealt with.