It's not fair to you though, especially if no one's willing to help you out. It's like cyber bullying without all of the teen angst. Generally, if I see someone in such a position I'll help them out, even if their views go against mine. I guess at that point, to me at least, it's more about morals than anything else. So if you ever find yourself in such a situation, you know who to call.
In those cases I think it's the others not respecting someone else's opinion, something I really hate. I understand that things like religion and abortion can be delicate areas, but it's unfair to take the elitist stance and tear someone down when they're stating a valid opinion, that's just not right. Back when I was on GBAtemp, I would actively participate in such debates, by collecting information from the first post, posting, waiting for a rebuttal, and then using that rebuttal against the person who presented it (or at least I try to). It's not always the best idea as your counterarguments might not be too strong, but you should try it sometime, because I really don't like the idea of someone being alienated because people don't respect their opinions. Don't restrict yourself for the sake of others.
Well... most of the time I won't initiate a discussion unless I'm fairly confident I know what I'm talking about. If I don't know much about the subject, I won't have much to say even if approached.
Other times, the topic is controversial and has proved to cause ignorance fueled hate nine times out of ten, thus I cannot bring myself to put myself through the pain of being called a snot whale by some jerk another ten times just so I can attempt to talk reasonably and not be listened to. @_@ (Things like religion or abortion)
Though, in the case of the Alaskan Husky, I made a mistake in saying it's a proper noun. I've written 4 RP posts today, studied Japanese, and I'm in the process of doing a School Project. That, coupled with the fact that you make me use 120% of my brain, it's starting to give out on me
Hehe... Yeah. The RPC is so much more friendly. It's probably why I love the place. I just don't really go to other chat anymore. Both because of lack of free time and because I got the impression that nobody really listened. I'm told that I speak too far above high school level for a significant portion of the users here at times, though, so perhaps people simply /couldn't/ understand me.
I know how you feel. I expect that sort of thing from a rather popular pokemon site, since there are probably a lot of kids on here, not that that's a bad thing, but when it comes to the discussion of real-life matters the topics that come up and the responses to them can be less than mature. That's a big reason why I go to the RP section, maturity is almost required to survive there, and thus we talk about certain things that just wouldn't work in other parts of the forum.