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Q: So how long do you think this site will keep anyone here?

Since this site is created to be a Q and A and not a real forum, how long do you think the regulars will keep answering the same questions over and over again before they get tired of trying to earn the vpn, coat, ect.? There are a limited number of questions that can be asked about China and its culture before we are into topics that get the site closed down forever. So are we excepted to just repeat our conversations to anyone who is too lazy to read old post (simply because we desire more points and have nothing else to discuss on this site)?

8 years 51 weeks ago in  Culture - Other cities

 
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I agree, maybe we can share experiences we having here, we can also express how we feel. not always Q and A`s.
I think its a nice place for some of us who don't get to mix with other westerners.

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You'd be surprised how good people are a beating the same drum.

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I wondered the same thing. I've seen a few answers that contain certain "sensitive" subjects/buzz words and I ask myself how long people will be able to get away with that. Their deportation orders are prolly being prepared as we type ...

Well prolly not, it's national holiday week, which apparently means another week for people to try to outdo how unproductive they were last week Puzzled

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Before you judge someone walk a mile in their shoes, that way you're a mile away and you have their shoes!

 
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Admittedly some of the questions are stupid which takes us back to the question about whether we are getting dumber here!! But I tend to think the site is more of a forum anyway with lots of comments - good and bad. Gee, some are even informative. Tongue
I have found a few snippets of info that I didn't know before so I assume others get the same. But, like Letters to the Editor in your local newspaper it's nice to have a place where you can give something or somebody (in the case of wenna7) a spray, whinge about the people and the culture and mix with other foreigners but without the alcohol and dips and the hangover the next morning!! Cool
When you are at BBQ in your own country what do you talk about with all your friends with a beer in one hand and sausage in the other? Same stuff we are talking about here but applied to your own surroundings, so consider this a HUGE laowai BBQ ok?

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Agree. I will stay on here until or as long as I am bored and have some spare time. In China I can spend time on here while others are watching TV or talking and if I am in Australia I can catch up on what is going on in China. Hell I even learn a little sometimes. I have tried a few forums and all are pretty much the same, heavily moderated. Cant recall if I have had anything removed on here but I guess I dont push the boundaries much. Posted a few things on China travel forum about the recent train accidents and also a thread about good music that were deleted. I like the interaction between locals and expats but there is a need for more locals who can debate philosophically about a number of issues and as a result we could probably learn a bit more about each others way of life. As all the locals on here prety much have an insular way of looking at things one of two things are going on. 1) If the locals were seen to be agreeing with some of the Westerners pespective of things or questioning some of the doctrine that they are force fed, that it may be erased from the records by the moderators. or 2) The ones who want to learn more and grow in their understanding of the world and learn the truth about many things are not interested in participating.

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when i started here i was only going to use this site to kill time until i got my salary and my xbox fixed but now that madden cant work on it anyway and i blew through my salary already i might actually stay a while longer i like it here i thin most people here are cool people. and i really want to meet sophiemars and wenna see if i can have a "no talking 3 way" just joking ladies but seriously think it over

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The site is a good forum to exchange views on China although at times various members can be somewhat abusive but I have noticed that in such cases the Admin generally removes those posts rather quickly.

It is a site with a wide range of interests and it draws people from across the spectrum.

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8 years 36 weeks ago
 
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Now that it has been 15 weeks since this question has been asked I would have to agree now.  
There seems to be alot of repitition, although there are usually interesting questions now and then.
Mr. Cat said we would have a free-for-all forum by this week???
I think a forum combined with the Q & A would keep us more amused.
But I love the BBQ analogy by Daqing...shrimp anyone?

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I don't know, I've been here much longer than I thought I would be. I almost have enough points to earn the vpn, but I also want the universal adapter. I don't care about the other prizes. So even if they are the same questions, I'll still be here awhile, probably even after I finish earning what I want. One of the comments here mentioned a sense of community, that's what I like about it. There aren't many expats where I live, so I go online for some sanity.

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I find this site to be one of the few actual connections I have with the "outside" world". The fact that I can read that there are others going thru similar experiences as I am is comforting at times. There are times when something happens or I see something and I think to myself, did I just see that? am I the only one who saw that? So I guess my reason for coming here and my reason for continuing to do so is the level of comfort I get from the other posters. At least I know I'm not going crazy from time to time. 

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I think with China being China, the same questions can have different answers in different cities. So that leaves a lot of scope for participation by many people.

One of the problems I see is that, while most of the old hands are helpful and give sound advice, a distinct few believe this site is their personal domain. They are rude and aggressive to anybody that dares invade their self-perceived private space, or does not agree with their extreme or misguided views.

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