MetaFilter is not a betting site.
posted by gerryblog to Etiquette/Policy at 6:11 PM (71 comments total)
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It may be confirmation bias, but I feel as though I've noticed an uptick in people showing how "serious" they are by offering bets in comments. (Here it is most recently in the Bain Capital
thread, where klangklangston just suggested
they set up an escrow account.) Among the many sins of the Assange thread was a weird derail
over whether or not people who wouldn't accept localroger's proposed wager really
believed the things they were saying. As Bulgaroktonos put it
in that thread:
This might be more MetaTalk territory, but goading people into placing bets as a way to determine if they're sincere in their positions is not really meaningful or useful conversation.
For now this is still just silly macho posturing, bordering on a bullying tactic -- but it's not a good trend for conversation on the site, especially if side action starts amping up the intensity of grudges and feuds.