Michael Nystrom & Moderators: Please Banish Eeyores on Voting Days!Submitted by Kathleen Gee on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:48
Hi Michael and Mods,
First off, thanks for staying in for the Long Haul. :) And thanks for the endless hard work it takes to keep a site this big running.
Second, a suggestion: PLEASE banish the Eeyores on days that people are voting for Ron Paul!
For those who don't know, Eeyoreism is a form of inadvertent trolling.
Eeyores start threads with headlines like "So discouraged today ... why do I get the feeling that Ron Paul will get third or fourth" to vent their own feelings of discouragement and depression. They may succeed in getting rid of those feelings themselves--but like a virus, those feelings get multiplied and spread every time a new undecided voter shows up the The Daily Paul to read what real people are saying about Ron Paul.
So Eeyores actually create what they're whining about, without even realizing it!
Talking like a mopey, depressed downtrodden Eeyore is arguably as damaging to morale, motivation and turnout as any of the other LSM namecalling out there. Actually, because it comes from one of us, it's potentially even more damaging.
When I was volunteering at the Iowa Caucuses for Ron Paul, I logged in to The Daily Paul to get motivated and see what volunteers in other parts of Iowa were up to. And half of the active forum topics were whiny, moaning, "the fix is in," "Romney's too strong," "the MSM hates us," B.S. It was incredibly demotivating.
So, PLEASE...at least on those days when people are actually out there voting, and people like me are out there volunteering to get out the vote...please banish whiny Eeyore posts from The Daily Paul.
And if you catch yourself wanting to post something Eeyorish on The Daily Paul, please go post the same comments on some other candidate's site instead. Wouldn't this look good posted in the comments section of a story on Mitt Romney?
"All over the MSM this morning all I see is talk of a Jon Huntsman surge and Newt and Santorum .... all surging ... and coupled with the fact that they have electronic voting machines in NH, I can't help to feel helpless in knowing they are going to manufacture a Huntsman "surge" into second and might even possibly go so far as to prop Newt or Santorum up into third.
Please, someone give me some encouraging news .... someone who's on the ground in NH and familiar with the action in NH."