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Why do DDOers assume I'm American?

Jovian
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3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?
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3/20/2016 1:48:26 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

Yeah, like 60% is last time I checked
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3/20/2016 1:52:13 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

It's an American site.
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3/20/2016 2:02:05 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?
according to this link, the majority are who knows?
http://www.debate.org...
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3/20/2016 3:42:43 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

I think DDOers just assume everyone is American until told otherwise.
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3/20/2016 2:25:43 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/20/2016 2:02:05 AM, Emmarie wrote:
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?
according to this link, the majority are who knows?
http://www.debate.org...

That hasn't been updated in forever.
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3/20/2016 4:00:06 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/20/2016 1:52:13 AM, tajshar2k wrote:
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

It's an American site.

On the front page it says:
"Debate.org is a free online community where intelligent minds from around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others. Research today"s most controversial debate topics and cast your vote on our opinion polls."


Demographics also show that only 8% of total users are actually American: http://www.debate.org...
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3/20/2016 4:24:12 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/20/2016 4:00:06 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
At 3/20/2016 1:52:13 AM, tajshar2k wrote:
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

It's an American site.

On the front page it says:
"Debate.org is a free online community where intelligent minds from around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others. Research today"s most controversial debate topics and cast your vote on our opinion polls."


Demographics also show that only 8% of total users are actually American: http://www.debate.org...

1: The creator, Phil is American. Therefore it's an American site.
2: It says that because not everybody goes on their profile and says which country they are from. They just leave it blank. That's why it says other.
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3/20/2016 7:21:07 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/20/2016 2:25:43 PM, lannan13 wrote:
At 3/20/2016 2:02:05 AM, Emmarie wrote:
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?
according to this link, the majority are who knows?
http://www.debate.org...

That hasn't been updated in forever.
I think the "other"on the pie chart is just the statistic of users who don't put a location.
I found the pie chart funny because most users do seem to be american.
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3/21/2016 7:32:20 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

As a fellow American, I can relate to your experience. We often have to deal with incorrect assumptions. But we Americans must stick together. I suggest doing what I do when someone assumes you are from some place odd, like the Netherlands. Just smile and wave your American flag at them.
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3/21/2016 8:06:49 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

Because there are two types of countries in this world: the US of A and the soon-to-be-part-of the US of A.
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3/21/2016 5:52:27 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/19/2016 11:46:11 PM, Jovian wrote:
Being from Netherlands, and not having even been in any of the Americas, I have several times here at DDO seen others assume that I'm American. A very flattering assumption though, given it's a sign of my English being on a native level. However, why do people select specifically that country for the assumption? Why not another country with English as first language? Like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc etc? Is it because a majority here are Americans?

Most active users live in the US, though a good number are Aussies or Canadians. I cannot think of a high profile Kiwi, though.
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