Familiarize Yourself With Chopnation.com
- In April of 2006, a group of posters from another Braves-related website decided that they were not interested in the path that website was going and wanted to recreate the atmosphere they were used to.
- At the time the website was created, only forums existed. In July, a call went out for writers for the planned front page. A month later, regular columns were added.
- In the spring of 2007, the cumbersome design of the front page was redesigned using Wordpress with the relaunch in August of 2007 creating a solid buzz.
- Over time, the forum software became a problem. In late 2008 and into the new year, the decision was made to move on to a new server and new software. Vbulletin was purchased and the move was planned. Unfortunately, all post history was lost as the previous software's database was problematic.
- On June 8th, the new forum was launched. Blogs are planned for the future.
During the season, gamethreads serve as a place for fans to discuss the game in progress. If there is a questionable management move, someone will bring it up. When a highlight quality play happens, someone will comment about it. These are great resources for discussion and even catching up on what happened after missing a game.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
Fantasy sports are fun when the league is filled with great people, that is the consensus here. Chopnation is extremely active in fantasy sports including:
- Four fantasy baseball Keeper Leagues
- A fantasy football keeper league
- A fantasy basketball keeper league
Non-keeper leagues are always welcome to be added to the website.
Long standing threads have stood the test of time. One thread in particular "Who will be the last person to post in THIS thread" had 413 pages and any and all topics were discussed. Canadabravesfan's by-game update of HR and RBI leaders for the Braves has also been greatly helpful.
Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter
We have social networking covered with our Myspace page, found here
. On facebook, you can find us by searching for "Chopnation.com, Your Atlanta Braves Community." You can also keep track of us via our Twitter
Our Longtime Poster gokartmozart posted these guidelines for debate, which are excellent. This is the kind of discussion we hope to have here.
Here are a few points that I learned from an ethics class I took once. They can really be used in any philosophical debate.
1. Finding the truth is more important than being right or winning the debate.
2. There is nothing embarrassing about being wrong. But being wrong while arrogantly insisting that you are right and ignoring arguments against you is VERY embarrassing. When someone you are debating points out a problem with your argument or view, acknowledge it. Remember you are more interested in finding the truth than winning the debate.
3. Generally speaking, emotions are not good indicators of truth. People are wrong all the time about things they believe in passionately. Therefore, when debating, replace all language that triggers an emotional response (like name calling or bumper sticker slogans like Abortion is Murder) with language that does not trigger an emotional response.
4. Consistently question your own views. Constantly ask yourself, "why do I believe this?". In a debate, imagine you are going up against an ideal opponent (that is someone who disagrees with you, but is supremely intelligent, very well informed, and supremely moral). That is, work hard to make sure that you understand your opponent's view in all of its complexity. Always ask, what would an ideal opponent say in response to my argument.
5. Do NOT state conclusions that are stronger than your evidence supports. Think very hard before using words like "obvious," "everyone," "all," etc. These are VERY strong claims.
There you have them, straight from my notes that I have kept around for far too many years. You can take them or leave them, but if more people followed these simple rules and guidelines, the world would be a much happier place.