Let the skating begin
But you weren't arguing about it. Reading and learning is not the same as which many people seem to prefer, especially those who love to dog pile on a poster. You know who the usual suspects are: both those who enjoy being controversial just for the sake of it and those who rush to tell them how it is. Have any of them ever changed their posting habits because others rushed to tell them the "truth"? I find those who start the fight annoying and so are those who perpetuate it.I disagree. Being in the persuading/arguing business, I find that people often silently read, silently ponder, silently move along the continuum of views on a subject, especially if they didn’t know much to start with. I’ve had people here PM me on Israel/Palestine, for example, thanking me for information and opinions. I’ve learned a lot on topics I knew next to nothing about, the endless arguments on health care provided insight from doctors, nurses, administrators, insurance people....
Just because people don’t popup publicly and say, Eureka! The scales have fallen from my eyes and I can see! Doesn’t mean minds are not changing or expanding.