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Extremism

  • Many people who are considering using Polis are worried about "extreme opinions".
  • Yes, people will make all sorts of comments in your conversation.
  • A part of the Polis process and analysis is, in effect, intentioned to find out whether given opinions are so extreme — if it turns out half a population agrees with a comment, whose to define it that way?
  • It's valuable to have so called "extreme" populations show up. They tend to produce a lot of data, and they tend to turn out to agree with lots of other statements. This is healing, and possible, and happens all the time in conversations.
  • Do not moderate out what you as the moderator view as extreme opinions unless they are abusive, hateful, etc. They are very useful signal.

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