"Stirring the pot"

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stirring the potIs "stirring the pot" a bad thing? Is stirring the pot on your ActiveRain blog a bad thing?

Someone commented on Rich Jacobson's recent post "In my last post, I tried VERY hard to say what I needed to say, without stirring the pot." 

hmmmm as if "stirring the pot" is a bad thing.  Rich's post is referring to one of the ActiveRain Community Guidelines.

Phrase Finder is a web site (UK so some phrases sounds a bit different) where you can find phrases like "stirring the pot"

"sitting on the fence"

"pig in a poke"...

"letting the cat out of the bag"

You can ask about a phrase on the Phrase Finder forum or look up what a phrase means... I looked up "stirring the pot" after seeing that comment on Rich's post

"Posted by Bob on January 02, 2001

In Reply to: Stir the pot posted by Patty on January 02, 2001

: What does the phrase "to stir the pot" generally mean? And does it mean to be in some way deliberately provocative or irritating? Thanks. - Patty

Deliberately provocative, yes, but not necessarily maliciously. Picture a pot of soup. A lot of ingredients have settled to the bottom, out of sight, until stirred. Metaphorically, a lot of issues/resentments/obligations can drop out of sight when nobody mentions them. One can "stir the pot" to bring issues to the surface, sometimes with malice, but sometimes merely to create awareness and effect change."

The comment on Rich J's recent post  "Free Speech has a Cost"- The ActiveRain Community Guidelines Re-Visited   said "say what I needed to say, without stirring the pot.hmmmm as if "stirring the pot" is a bad thing.  Rich's post is refers to  the ActiveRain Community Guideline (A good thing, a necessary thing):

"We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech which contains slurs or the malicious use of stereotypes intended to attack or demean a particular gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality."

I believe Rich revisted that guideline now since comments left anonymously on an ActiveRain members post were found to be criminal....

Do you ever stir the pot on your blog? Can you recognize "stirring the pot" on ActiveRain and in the blogosphere when you see it?

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This post is making me want soup...

August 17, 2008 07:09 PM
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It's too hot for soup Dawn ... next month... I'd share a soup recipe but I understand there is a change or not a change, they are saying don't take points if you just share a recipe... 

August 18, 2008 05:59 PM
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Maureen - And what is this?  Certainly not a Vanilla-blog.  This is exactly what good blogging is all about:  meeting of the minds, exchange of opinions, discussions about solutions.

Whereas some people are offended that I create controversy -fake or not- to make one of my blogs explode, others appreciate a bit of 'flavor' in an oddball writing here or there.

As usual, you are able to do what I just dream of achieving:  Create controversy and good comments through a well written, although somewhat open-ended, topic.

Whether they like it or not, you are one of the clearest voices on Active Rain.

Sharp enough to cut CLEAR through the BS.

Awesome.

August 18, 2008 09:13 PM
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Maureen,

Oh it's so you! You love to stir the pot. 

 

I also know that you have a pet peeve about comments that don't have meaning. Keep it up and we'll keep reading!

 

September 27, 2008 10:35 PM
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Lovely pot stirrer there Tracy!

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