: That's for infi . I asked you question yesterday but did not get answer. Looks like you missed it. Let me ask it again.
: Did you try to convert your opponent(s) from religious chat? If yes, were you successful? You do not have to answer
That's a good question. The short answer is "No". The slightly longer answer is "Depends on the topic." Most of the debates and arguments there were entirely defensive on my part. I would be bombarded by any number of people with Bible verses, Creationist myths, invalid logic, etc, etc and I would do my best to refute, correct, or clarify each and every point. In a sense I suppose you could say that I was trying to "convert" them to accepting more science and to use better logic, but I never tried to create atheists out of them. My main point was to defend my reasons for being a nontheist, or evolutionist, or even libertarian as sometimes the conversations went political.
Even for me, one of the most frustrating things was dealing with people that seems like clones of each other. I could spend an entire afternoon explaining evolution or anything else to one particular Xian, and the very next day I'd have to literally start all over again because someone new would come along and start off with the same old refuted nonsense again.
I do feel that I was successful, though, in many regards. I know that I helped at least a handful of other humans see past the "atheist" and "evolution" stereotypes, and I freely admit that many of my own stereotypes of Christians were broken down. If nothing else, I became good friends with a number of them despite our differences.
There were a few who I think became more open to my ideas over time. A couple who truly understood what I was saying and where I was coming from, but for personal reasons could not or would not give up their beliefs even though they agreed with me they sounded ridiculous. I did see one guy over time switch from devout Roman Catholic to more of an agnostic position, though I didn't really have much to do with that personally.
I really love the honest communication that a good chat room can bring out of people who can hide behind a nickname and not worry so much about appearances.