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I have seen many times where a group of people will begin an project/activity and then the most vocal members of the group will override the opinions of others. This causes others to lose faith in the project/activity and wonder off to find something else. When it comes to questions of faith, I think it's a fire keg ready to blow.

Is there any way to help guide our more active participants towards answers that are non-offensive towards the minority (thereby driving them away)?

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    what are you getting at? I'm trying to figure out what issue you see that you are trying to address? – wax eagle Aug 24 '11 at 0:12
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    Simply put, I'm worried that a minority opinion/belief will get downvoted or ridiculed because of the majority's opinion--thereby causing this site to be a place not for "Christianity", but rather "a type of Christianity that the majority or active participants accept". Having said that, I think the fact that the asker accepts the answer (and not the majority accepts the answer) is probably the very check to keep things in balance. – Richard Aug 24 '11 at 0:18
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    Remember that a downvote costs both the voter and the votee and also that one upvote counteracts 5 downvotes in the rep scoring. I wouldn't worry much about it. Yes you will get some downvotes, hopefully we can all coexist, maybe we will even learn something – wax eagle Aug 24 '11 at 0:26
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Considering that we have such a diverse population, I believe that the system already in place of up/down votes will naturally promote the more balanced answers. Especially once this site gets much larger. There's a very relevant article on TVTropes that I'm trying to find right now...

  • Did you find that article? – TRiG Dec 24 '12 at 2:01
  • @TRiG: I never did manage to find the article, but it was about how in a large group, the majority will work to counteract the extremes. For example, if someone goes to a page on Wikipedia and vandalizes it, the edit is reverted very quickly. Or if a page has opinions that are obviously leaning one way, either the page will be edited to a more neutral viewpoint or a notice pointing out the bias will be added. – El'endia Starman Dec 24 '12 at 4:08

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