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Kicked Out of McDonald's

I was sitting with a couple of friends at the local McDonald's restaurant, when all of a sudden the subject of Burger King's Whopper came into the conversation. We talked about the sauces, the other condiments, and one even commented on the fact that they liked the flame-broiled burger much better than the way that McDonald's cooked theirs.

All of a sudden, having likely overheard our conversation, a store manager came to our table and told us we had to stop discussing Burger King in their establishment. "I'm sorry," the manager told us, "but discussing other fast food restaurant chains is forbidden here."

Of course I, being opinionated as I am, expressed to the manager that I thought this was a silly rule. With that the manager flagged over one of her larger employees and he stood by our table. "You need to leave," the manager told me, sort of hinting that the rather large employee may force me out if I did not leave of my own free will.

I saw myself out the door, thank you very much.

Ridiculous story, you say? Now change the words McDonald's and Burger King to PersonaPaper and Bubblews, and tell me how ridiculous it sounds then. Just my two cents on the subject of what to do about talk of the other site within this site, or vice versa.

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paigea wrote on July 22, 2014, 11:54 AM

So are you saying to just let people talk about other sites? I agree people can talk about what they want. I can choose other things to read. :D

NeldaHoxie wrote on July 22, 2014, 11:56 AM

There is a difference between a personal conversation in the physical world and a conversation online. That said I think all money making schemes should be allowed. As the percentage of Bubblers decreases and more people find the site, the topics will change.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:09 PM

True and not. My view of the online world is that it is merely an extension of the physical world, and made up of physical people on both ends of the conversation. As for the latter part of your comment, I definitely agree.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:10 PM

Exactly. :) And I think that is exactly the way it should be. Let the readers decide what they want to see written about. Unpopular topics will be left in the dust and won't be written about anymore.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:11 PM

I would only add that if the topic IS popular, no matter what it happens to be...well, then people will write about it. :)

MsTina wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:19 PM

Excellent analogy. I agree that if people didn't want to read the posts, they would quickly disappear from view. There were some posts yesterday that were really just one story broken up into 11 parts. None of them made it to the popular side of the page. Though positive and negative reinforcement, not bullying, this site will contain the posts people want to read.

AliCanary wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:31 PM

I loved your allegory and your very pointed point. I'm a fan of free speech, online or in fast-food venues.

LoudMan wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:53 PM

A rather interesting way to put it. I gotta admit, I agree.

gidget wrote on July 22, 2014, 12:53 PM

So did the McDonalds thing happen or was this just an analogy. If it did happen, I would have not let, I would have made them make me leave and then call corporate.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 4:43 PM

At the end of the day I think that is what it really boils down to. Just like would be the case in any business, if something is collecting dust on the shelves it simply will not be carried in future. If it is a hot item, no matter how silly it might be, they will stock the shelves full.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 4:44 PM

As am I. In fact, in some of these so-called "writing" sites I am amazed how many people are actually accepting of any form of censorship. Writers I have worked with in the past have never wanted any part of that, and a site like this should not either.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 4:45 PM

I do my best to point out what I always consider to be the obvious. Sometimes it works. Other times I just wind up putting my foot into my mouth. lol :)

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 4:48 PM

No. This incident never happened. I was just using a fictional comparison to illustrate my point. Let people write about what they want to write about, and let the readers decide what they want to read. If no one wants to read about Bubblews then eventually the people who do will get the message that their posts are being ignored, and not waste time writing more on the topic. However, so long as people want to read and engage in the conversation about Bubblews, they will write about, and if that is the case PP should have no problem with that so long as that topic drives traffic, brings in ad revenue, and encourages people to interact.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 7:54 PM

If PP has what it takes, then they will prevail. If not, then it is survival of the fittest. As I have said in comments on the subject, any site that bans discussion of other sites is insecure about their own position, and I think that is a negative. If you are better you have nothing to worry about. If you are not, you choose to silence the better party. I think PP is better than that, and if PP were to ban discussion of the other site, I think that would be a clear sign to me that PP is not better.

quickchai wrote on July 23, 2014, 4:45 AM

I agree.. I think people should be allowed to talk about whatever they want regardless...

NicoleL5822 wrote on July 23, 2014, 11:52 AM

Everyone is different. I mean me personally I don't like talking about one site on the other site. I've seen in the past that people really like to tear things down when they are angry. But everyone has their own opinion.

brown-paw wrote on July 25, 2014, 5:50 PM

That is the most stupid thing I learned today! When did Macdo turn like those ISIS militants? It is like talking Christianity in ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq! LOL

allen0187 wrote on July 26, 2014, 12:21 AM

Good analogy you got there. Although, from the looks of things, I think PP won't be stopping all this bubble talk. Really can't say the same about talking about PP in bubble land.