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GAF is going kill me

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A real smart poster who knew what was going to happen would have predicted that this was going to turn into an election thread real fast and that you should ask the mods to delete it.
 

RawNuts

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Personally, I just bang the keyboard a bunch and then click post; any resemblance to coherent sentences is likely due to autocorrect breaking up my gibberish into actual words, and any time that I'm right about something is simple coincidence.

This post included. Gidiydoycoupfefh dhjgjjvupl
 
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Always remember that Gaf is always wrong and to never listen to any advice you get from Gaf not even from me.

 

brian577

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If you're a minority, panic. If not, nothing will change.

I'm closet gay and was practically on the verge of coming out. I thought things were getting better, that it was finally time for me to truly be myself. I was wrong. Now I have to hide who I am for god knows how long.
 

DontBeThatGuy

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Remember that GAF was certain Trump would never win. In that sense, maybe we are all wrong about our doomsday scenarios.

Well, to be fair, we were also using the Sam Wang's/Nate Cohn's of the world as a basis, who've always been fairly accurate about such things. It didn't see particularly probable, to say the least.
 

EviLore

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Off-Topic post-election pretty much = perpetual anxiety. It's not healthy at all for the participants and readers, and the people insisting on keeping the tone this extreme really need to back off at this point for the sake of everyone involved. Any time this comes up and someone asks if there could be a little less hysterical despair in every thread, there's instant backlash about "normalization" and accusations about not caring about the minority group or the serious issue being discussed at the time, but that's totally unfair and unreasonable.

Yeah, things are grim, and no, you shouldn't just lay down and accept it or ignore it. But forcing the community to take on all this negativity 24/7 doesn't help anyone or anything in this situation. Mobilizing to take action or donate to a cause is one thing, but just being battered by bad news will only harm people here. As a community we *do* need to "normalize." A *lot* of people here have depression and anxiety. A lot of people come here to escape from their real life problems. Seriously, do you want people to die? Insisting on keeping this up will lead to that. There has to be some kind of balance for everyone's psychological well-being.
 

Laieon

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I find it to be the opposite to be honest, GAF seems to be a ridiculous echo chamber. The world/society isn't nearly as bad as people on here make it out to be.
 

Izuna

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Off-Topic post-election pretty much = perpetual anxiety. It's not healthy at all for the participants and readers, and the people insisting on keeping the tone this extreme really need to back off at this point for the sake of everyone involved. Any time this comes up and someone asks if there could be a little less hysterical despair in every thread, there's instant backlash about "normalization" and accusations about not caring about the minority group or the serious issue being discussed at the time, but that's totally unfair and unreasonable.

Yeah, things are grim, and no, you shouldn't just lay down and accept it or ignore it. But forcing the community to take on all this negativity 24/7 doesn't help anyone or anything in this situation. Mobilizing to take action or donate to a cause is one thing, but just being battered by bad news will only harm people here. As a community we *do* need to "normalize." A *lot* of people here have depression and anxiety. A lot of people come here to escape from their real life problems. Seriously, do you want people to die? Insisting on keeping this up will lead to that. There has to be some kind of balance for everyone's psychological well-being.

Outside of the threads like this, which are sort of like epiphanies that could have otherwise been in the PoliGaf thread, most of the post-election "news" comes from threads that pop up due to what's going on in the world: whether it's a Trump cabinet pick or a CNN discussion on something. Outside of that, the sorts of threads in the OT haven't really changed. OT is like 50% news, if not more, and the news is relevant. If anything, it's one of its quirks.

Since unpopular (or rather; less accepted) views are increasing, the division in political and/or social views is creating these sorts of accusations and shit-posts. If anything, the cure may be for OT to somehow not be as focused on political news, at least until people feel a little less inclined to point out what's an example of an echo-chamber or an example of bigotry.

I don't know if moderation would like to, at the very least, try to congregate political news so the quantity of new threads in the OT aren't just opportunities for GAF to show its divide.

GAF is very hyperbolic.

Case in point
 

Cindres

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EviLore basically summed up my feelings of the last couple of weeks, really couldn't have put it better.

People aren't happy, the reactions are pretty crazy. Any single thing that happens in the news at the moment is either the end of America, the world, something doomsdayish.
You've got to remember this forum tends to be incredibly left leaning, I've actually found recently my views probably aren't quite as "left" as this forum's are where I used to think I was more aligned with the general feeling around here. I think it's just due to the nature of this election period, but I digress. I think with emotions still at such a high, especially after many users here were convinced Hillary would destroy the elections and were all looking forward to "drinking conservative tears" it's all still in a bit of a disarray.

Hell, the couple of days immediately post election we were even seeing "How is Trump going to affect X" threads on the gaming side.
 
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... by GAF's logic there's practically no point in getting out of bed in the morning, because in the end my happy life will be taken away from by forces outside my control.

I mean yeah, we all die, but that doesn't mean there's no point in getting out of bed in the morning.
 

Audioboxer

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GAF is very hyperbolic.

A lot of people are hyperbolic by nature. It's a coping mechanism for many. Not always to be blasted as carelessness and lying/exaggerating, but sure, many do do it for attention. Lying and attention seeking are human nature to many as well. Just because someone appears to be on the side of social justice doesn't mean their motives are always squeaky clean. Benefit of the doubt is a nice principal, but it still gets abused and humans from all walks of life can show their selfishness, deceit and ulterior motives. It's why some on the left thinking their "side" is ideologically perfect causes mayhem, because reality/humanity will never fit that view.

As for OP, take a break from GAF or do as others have said and stay clear of politics for now. The site will still be here. Usually as time passes things begin to settle, even in the wake of upsetting events. Far worse events, at least in terms of immediate impact and loss have happened than Trump winning a presidency, or Brexit. Look at any terror attack, from 9/11 to London bombings to Paris attacks. We are baggaged with pain and suffering, especially those directly involved, but humans always begin to move forward as time passes. It's not unnatural, if anyone decides to never live their life again they are essentially dooming themselves to be a walking corpse. The grieving process is a thing and takes all different lengths of time for individuals, but time doesn't stop and largely people come out the other side wanting to try and continue to live and experience life. This is why some are already looking to the next election even in the face of fellow humans calling them assholes for moving on this quick. There is no manual for the grieving process, we are all different.

So yeah my long winded way of advising you simply take a break and come back later. GAF will still be here.
 

Audioboxer

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on the bright side FFXV is releasing soon :)

Not really, a metacritic in the 70s or low 80s will be the equivalent of Trump winning for OT for the Gaming side :p I mean review topics are the height of hyperbole, we should all know that by now lol.

yes humour is important too, trying to laugh when you're down is a great coping mechanism. Smiles and laughter are nature's anti-depressants.
 

Keihart

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The tittle reads like "GAF is going "kill me "" which is pretty different than "GAF is going to kill me" when in reality the thread is more about "GAF makes me want to kill myself...kinda"
 

D6AMIA6N

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Lol, GAF is "usually right"! I love GAF dearly, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Take a break from the OT and visit the gaming side. That's what I did after we elected our new overlord and I was in a fairly deep depression.
 
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GAF, like all gaming forums, is a hyperbole factory. Unfortunately, that tends to spill over when we talk about important subjects and real issues. Just remember, it's just here for your entertainment. Don't take any of it too seriously and you'll be fine.
 

Lastgengamer

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I can undersand where this feeling is coming from OP, but really it is best to be kept informed of events so that we can atleast be more active in taking a stand to them.
 

EGM1966

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We as a species will likely survive.

There is increasing chance there will be increased suffering and poverty for many though due to poor governance and policy application.

Not sure that helps.
 

Audioboxer

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I can undersand where this feeling is coming from OP, but really it is best to be kept informed of events so that we can atleast be more active in taking a stand to them.

Sure, but people need to self regulate so if they're absorbing too much and it's having a negative effect on them, it's best to draw back for a while. As I said GAF will still be here.

As much as EviLore has some valid points to put across, even moderation only has a narrow nudge in the direction conversation goes. As long as rules aren't being broken many are going to post how they are, and maybe for a while to come.

Hence why it is best to regulate your own exposure to GAF, or off-topic, if it is getting you down.
 

Forerunner

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GAF is very hyperbolic at times. I mean I like this website, it’s a good place to get information and also have some good discussions. However, it can also be really morbid at time. I’m glad I’m informed about these events, but sometimes it seems a bit much. Just to echo what other people have said. Take a break from OT, go to gaming side or community. The sky isn’t falling and it’s not the end of the world. Live your life.
 

Brhoom

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Lamo, we are people here, same as everywhere; we might all agree on something and later find out we're wrong.
 

Blobbers

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I already possess the entire knowledge of the multiverse so there's nothing left to do besides browsing gaf
 

A Serious Man

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Just do you thing man. And when the Red Hats come to arrest you for being a Muslim sympathizer, rest easy knowing climate change will soon collapse our society and you'll be free to wander around the ruins of civilization scavenging for food and avoiding wild bands of cannibal rapists.
 

DontBeThatGuy

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Just do you thing man. And when the Red Hats come to arrest you for being a Muslim sympathizer, rest easy knowing climate change will soon collapse our society and you'll be free to wander around the ruins of civilization scavenging for food and avoiding wild bands of cannibal rapists.

I've seen that movie.
 

Lastgengamer

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Sure, but people need to self regulate so if they're absorbing too much and it's having a negative effect on them, it's best to draw back for a while. As I said GAF will still be here.

As much as EviLore has some valid points to put across, even moderation only has a narrow nudge in the direction conversation goes. As long as rules aren't being broken many are going to post how they are, and maybe for a while to come.

Hence why it is best to regulate your own exposure to GAF, or off-topic, if it is getting you down.

Well yeah I agree that that over worrying to the point of obsession is not a healthy thing to do. Just being generally informed if possible.
 

gnomed

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I wonder how will GAF be like if center-right or right.
Check out the gamefaqs board
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The fact is most people are feeling disillusion as of now. When some of our members have been threatened out right by idiots with power there is concern for their safety.

My only advice is to try to enjoy your life or at the very least find someone to talk to; communication, one of our vey basic human needs. Stay safe, Gaf.
 

LUFTRAUSER

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Just do you thing man. And when the Red Hats come to arrest you for being a Muslim sympathizer, rest easy knowing climate change will soon collapse our society and you'll be free to wander around the ruins of civilization scavenging for food and avoiding wild bands of cannibal rapists.
However unlike Weimar Germany, in America you can have guns. So if these red hats try to act like the brown shirts and take you away you can just fucking kill them!
 

Diablos

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GAF's election night thread should be enough to dispel you of any idea that we, as a group, have any idea what we're talking about.
Everyone got the election wrong. And by everyone I mean, like, the entire world. Even top GOP strategists thought Hillary was going to win at least 300 electoral votes.

Generally speaking GAF is still right on many things even if it depresses you.
 

Ventilaator

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While "usually right" is very questionable, I do somewhat agree with the premise of GAF being very bad for you.

To give just one example, before I started visiting GAF I pretty much would have agreed with the idea that racism is over and only people with other issues complain about it. Then GAF points out how cops in America get paid to go around and shoot black people for no reason, and I realize my mistake.

Without GAF Trump would seem like an alright presidential candidate to me as well, because that's the rich guy who is good at business, so why not? Only through GAF I learned what garbage he is. Most of the articles I've seen about Trump in my country are just "Hey, fun fact, guess who was in Home Alone 2"

I've always been a pessimist, but post-GAF I feel bad about the pessimism I used to have, because all that time I had no idea that things were way, way more fucked than I could have ever imagined.
 

Audioboxer

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While "usually right" is very questionable, I do somewhat agree with the premise of GAF being very bad for you.

To give just one example, before I started visiting GAF I pretty much would have agreed with the idea that racism is over and only people with other issues complain about it. Then GAF points out how cops in America get paid to go around and shoot black people for no reason, and I realize my mistake.

Without GAF Trump would seem like an alright presidential candidate to me as well, because that's the rich guy who is good at business, so why not? Only through GAF I learned what garbage he is. Most of the articles I've seen about Trump in my country are just "Hey, fun fact, guess who was in Home Alone 2"

I've always been a pessimist, but post-GAF I feel bad about the pessimism I used to have, because all that time I had no idea that things were way, way more fucked than I could have ever imagined.

Subjecting yourself to other views, especially those of people in situations you aren't in is incredibly important to being a well rounded and caring individual.

However that being said you do need to try and healthily limit the amount of negativity you are around even if the people expressing it have valid reason to. Not everyone is equipped and trained to be a counsellor and it is not selfish to set limits and try and take good care of yourself first and foremost.

Hence why if lots of hyperbole and doomsday posts are getting you down take a break from GAF, or online in general, and focus on your life for a bit. If anyone ever says that is selfish just politely remind them you have to take care of your own meat-wagon first, before attempting to help those around you. There seems to be a few breakdowns on here lately that have been exacerbated by the perceived post-election 'posting environment'. However I would extend that to online in general just now, social media has been a riot. I think anyone taking a break from GAF OT/politics would be best to do so from online in general.

And no I don't advise masses start kicking off political riots at thanksgiving meals and Christmas. Not if you are woefully mentally under-equipped to handle family arguments around politics at this moment in time. Take a breather, it's not selfish. The world is going to carry on, as is GAF, and yes sure we want to try and correct things to the best we can going forward, but it's a marathon, not a sprint.
 

Busty

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Sure, there are the hyperbolic statements but the general consensus on GAF is 9/10 correct...,

When this thought enters your head turn off your computer and/or phone and go for a walk.

Fresh air will put everything into perspective.
 
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