Let us look at the board in front of us. And we see it is categorized. It not only has a large number of categories but it has sub-categories and sub-sub-categories.
In fact the board in front of us is a hierarchy of categories.
And then we look at the threads themselves and we find that almost all are asking for sympathy. And as if by some miracle, they get what they ask for.
It puts someone who loathes categories and hierarchies of categories in a difficult position, as it puts in the same position someone who loathes sympathy.
Of course I love creativity and empathy, the very antitheses of categories and sympathy.
So I have been accused for 6,000 posts of breaking category, of posting off topic.
And at a slightly deeper level I am accused of being unsympathetic.
In fact members openly try to get rid of me.
But what is most interesting is that this is institutional. Both categories and sympathy are not only supported by the members but by the administrators and moderators.
So the best the creative and empathic can do here is survive. There is no possibility for the creative and empathic to thrive.
So the only interesting question remains - why is this board devoted to categorizing and sympathy?