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I don't agree with this.
On CAF, you're getting a very narrow sampling of the population, and receiving a skewed point of view. The people who post on CAF are "Catholics who are willing to be involved with an online community." That is a very small portion of the Catholic population, and an even smaller portion of the general population.
The Traditional Section of CAF is especially "narrow," It's easy to get the impression from reading it that absolutely every Catholic is in favor of a return to more traditional Catholicism, the TLM, more Latin, more chant, and practices like veiling, all-night fasting before Mass, etc. But if you read or talk to a sampling of other Catholics, it becomes apparent that traditionalist Catholics are actually a minority in the U.S. (That's doesn't mean that their point-of-view is invalid. It just means that they are not the majority.)
I think we should seek to widen our acquisition of knowledge and specifically seek out those that we are likely to disagree with so that we can more fully understand them and so that we have a broader basis of knowledge on which to base our conclusions.
And I think that we should always seek the most accurate facts in an attempt to discover the truth. One of the best ways to do this is to research a broad spectrum, not just stay in one little corner of the world. When we only talk to those who agree with us, we end up skewed.
One of the things I have always refused to use on any online community is the "Ignore" function. I think this has no place in CAF, although I know people use it. We shouldn't close ourselves off from any fellow Catholic, even one with whom we vehemently disagree.
OK, what I was saying here was, Swiss Guy said, "CAF was/is the first/last computer thing I'm involved with." And my comment meant, if he chooses to visit only oneplace on the internet (and no other site), CAF was a good choice. With so many bad choices that could have been made, I was stating that his choice of CAF was a good choice. I am not saying that anyone should only get their Catholic information from CAF. I am not saying that other Catholic sites should not be visited. I just commented on Swiss Guy's statement of what his choice was. I was not trying to influence anyone in anyway.