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« Reply #2225 on: January 18, 2017, 11:49:02 am »
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Handling a spouse, live-at-home children, and a single family home means that you are more likely to have given over much of your life over to a huge pile of responsibilities. I would guess the average forum poster is not a married,kids,home type. Single people are more likely to have the time to make psephology and/or racking up thousands of posts about politics on a message board a hobby. Heck, I bet some people leave this place after they get a significant other.
You're describing selection bias. That might explain some of it.

On the other hand, I've seen other online forums (for example a couple DIY forums I visit) where a lot of the posters are middle aged with houses, spouses, and kids. House/spouse/kids take up time, but not every waking moment.

So, selection bias for all forum-posting is probably too broad. I think it's probably a "seed culture" thing. Plus, as you get older you realize these ideological antler-rasslin' sessions are usually a waste of time, and what's an even bigger waste of time is saying inflammatory things online for the "naughty fun" of seeing people gasp and sputter. This means if you're going to talk politics online, you tend to either just seek out enclaves where people agree with you and can talk about "what to do" or else you seek out calm, polite, intellectual venues where you can quietly and slowly push around ideas. I don't know yet if this is one of those, still finding out.
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« Reply #2226 on: January 18, 2017, 12:23:25 pm »
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Interesting that y'all are posting your age/location/race/political affiliations/hobbies/etc. but nobody is posting whether you own your home, are married, and have kids.

The factors in bold above are important influences on people's political views, but this influence typically doesn't become obvious until after the fact.

BTW I'm a married homeowner with kids.

Most of this has been some variation of the first post in this thread, which provided a template. Over time people added some other fields, but since many are indeed not married and may not own their own home, it was never incorporated. Even when I posted in this thread, I simply used the set of questions used by some poster before me and made a couple changes that I thought were relevant (or declined to answer certain questions). If that poster had included "Married" and/or "Own my own home," I'd probably have answered both. I'd like to say many other people would have behaved in a similar fashion.

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« Reply #2227 on: January 18, 2017, 11:12:58 pm »
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Posting here, b/c I haven't updated this in a few years & haven't been active recently:

Age: 19
Sex/gender: Male
Sexuality: Straight
Race: White
Height: 5’11”
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation: College student
Location: Chicago
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida
Languages: English, French
Political orientation: Democratic socialist

Favorite book(s): Anything Hiassen
Favorite show(s): I don't watch a lot of TV, probably Highly Questionable on ESPN
Favorite movie(s): Airplane!, In The Loop, The Princess Bride
Favorite music artist(s): Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert
Favorite sports team(s): Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Lightning, UNC Tar Heels
Favorite video game(s): Dragon Age Inquisition, Madden 17, Rome Total War
Favorite color: Blue
Other interests: history, writing, football (college & pro), college basketball
Person you most admire: William O. Douglas
Favorite president: FDR
Worst president: the new guy

I'm not married, don't own a house, and don't have kids
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« Reply #2228 on: January 19, 2017, 05:10:42 pm »
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I guess I'll give a few facts about myself then.

Age: 15
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Jackson, MS
Race: African American (I'm the only Black person on Atlas Sad)
Least Favorite President: Ronald Reagan

You must not know Oldiesfreak.

I actually don't, but I have seen him around a lot lately.

There's a running joke that Oldiesfreak is black, but he isn't IIRC.

There are some other black people here though.
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« Reply #2229 on: January 19, 2017, 07:03:33 pm »
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I guess I'll give a few facts about myself then.

Age: 15
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Jackson, MS
Race: African American (I'm the only Black person on Atlas Sad)
Least Favorite President: Ronald Reagan

You must not know Oldiesfreak.

I actually don't, but I have seen him around a lot lately.

There's a running joke that Oldiesfreak is black, but he isn't IIRC.

There are some other black people here though.

Oh. Lol!
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« Reply #2230 on: January 19, 2017, 11:25:10 pm »
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Most of this has been some variation of the first post in this thread, which provided a template. Over time people added some other fields, but since many are indeed not married and may not own their own home, it was never incorporated. Even when I posted in this thread, I simply used the set of questions used by some poster before me and made a couple changes that I thought were relevant (or declined to answer certain questions). If that poster had included "Married" and/or "Own my own home," I'd probably have answered both. I'd like to say many other people would have behaved in a similar fashion.
OK, fair enough.
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« Reply #2231 on: Today at 02:29:14 am »
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I guess I'll give a few facts about myself then.

Age: 15
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Jackson, MS
Race: African American (I'm the only Black person on Atlas Sad)
Least Favorite President: Ronald Reagan

You must not know Oldiesfreak.

I actually don't, but I have seen him around a lot lately.

There's a running joke that Oldiesfreak is black, but he isn't IIRC.

There are some other black people here though.

I started that Oldiesfreak joke because I confused him with a different R-MI poster who stated that he was black. Oldiesfreak is whiter than mayo listening to country music in a Mormon church.

Simfan is black. I remember there being a D-GA poster (I think) who was black.
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