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GoodBlade
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03 Jul 2018, 8:47 am

Hey everyone, sorry for the unexpected thread out of nowhere like that. There's just an important question I must ask, and I can't figure it out myself.
Well, I joined this forums community just a day or two ago, and have kinda lurked for a certain amount of time before that, without taking part.
I understand it's aimed for autistic people, but, is everyone who participates here actually autistic?
Because, I've read around and have seen many intelligent people with strong social skills, making detailed comments on various topics and quality posts, etc. They seriously don't sound like they have autism or anything.
Obviously I can't hear their voices through text, but still, that's the impression I'm getting.



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03 Jul 2018, 8:59 am

GoodBlade wrote:
... is everyone who participates here actually autistic? ...
We have no way of knowing.

Keep in mind that autism is a spectrum, with people showing varying degrees of competency, depending on which skill, ability or talent is being displayed. Some of us communicate very effectively on-line, but have very poor verbal skills, for example.


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03 Jul 2018, 9:07 am

So you think autistics are cognitively deficient?



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03 Jul 2018, 9:08 am

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So you think autistics are cognitively deficient?
No, I think someone spiked my coffee.


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03 Jul 2018, 9:15 am

Not you, Fnord...lol the OP



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03 Jul 2018, 9:16 am

Most people here have some relationship to someone with autism----whether it be themselves, friends, relatives.

Most of the remainder have an interest in autism because---it's so interesting at times.

A very few want to denigrate people with autism, and have nothing better to do.

One good thing about WP: you don't have to fax over an official diagnosis to Alex (the Site founder and administratrator) in order to be a "member in good standing."



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03 Jul 2018, 9:21 am

While this forum is geared for autism. Not everyone who uses it is autistic based on things they've said in other threads. Some have autistics in their lives like a sibling, romantic partner, child, parent ect. Others have issues similar to autism in some ways & feel like this forum is an ally to them.


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03 Jul 2018, 9:23 am

GoodBlade wrote:
Hey everyone, sorry for the unexpected thread out of nowhere like that. There's just an important question I must ask, and I can't figure it out myself.
Well, I joined this forums community just a day or two ago, and have kinda lurked for a certain amount of time before that, without taking part.
I understand it's aimed for autistic people, but, is everyone who participates here actually autistic?
Because, I've read around and have seen many intelligent people with strong social skills, making detailed comments on various topics and quality posts, etc. They seriously don't sound like they have autism or anything.
Obviously I can't hear their voices through text, but still, that's the impression I'm getting.


Out of curiosity, do you have autism? You asked an effective question that received responses.

Many of us have an easier time “socializing” on here than we do in real life. We have time to think up appropriate responses and edit them as needed, don’t have to worry about things like eye contact, and can talk to likeminded people that can relate to what we say.

I have an official autism diagnosis - what was once considered Asperger’s. Most of us tend to be higher functioning.



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03 Jul 2018, 9:29 am

GoodBlade wrote:
Hey everyone, sorry for the unexpected thread out of nowhere like that. There's just an important question I must ask, and I can't figure it out myself.
Well, I joined this forums community just a day or two ago, and have kinda lurked for a certain amount of time before that, without taking part.
I understand it's aimed for autistic people, but, is everyone who participates here actually autistic?
Because, I've read around and have seen many intelligent people with strong social skills, making detailed comments on various topics and quality posts, etc. They seriously don't sound like they have autism or anything.
Obviously I can't hear their voices through text, but still, that's the impression I'm getting.


some of are so-called NT's that are here learning from some very smart, nice people



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03 Jul 2018, 9:32 am

Not everybody with autism has zero social skills.


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03 Jul 2018, 9:35 am

There is not a LACK of social skills within many people with autism.

There's more an "ODDITY" about how these social skills are manifested.



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03 Jul 2018, 9:46 am

I have an official diagnosis. Many on the spectrum have average or better intelligence, and even level three people can become very good at expressing themselves online.

I mean, we could go through the same thing against you, on your profile in you interests it says "Too many", and that doesn't fit the "Restricted interests" (Focused and better than average passion) part of autism.

The spectrum is wide and diverse, and this forum shows it.


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03 Jul 2018, 9:54 am

I think a majority of members do seem to be on the Spectrum, but are the high-functioning which is what might have given you the impression of them not having autism. As previous people have said, there is also a lot of people who are parents/partners of someone on the Spectrum trying to understand them better, which is a great benefit of the site IMO. That is why it's called a spectrum; it encompasses a large amount of different people of all sorts, there isn't any one thing or behavior that proves you have autism or not. Also, yes, I am officially diagnosed :lol: .


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03 Jul 2018, 10:19 am

I don't know if I have Autism or not, although it's likely. And like I've seen others say, we're all on the spectrum somewhere. The reason I joined Wrong Planet is mainly to learn more about Autism/Asperger's and to make new friends who may also be able to help me. You don't have to have Autism in order to be a part of this community :)


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03 Jul 2018, 11:18 am

GoodBlade wrote:
Hey everyone, sorry for the unexpected thread out of nowhere like that. There's just an important question I must ask, and I can't figure it out myself.
Well, I joined this forums community just a day or two ago, and have kinda lurked for a certain amount of time before that, without taking part.
I understand it's aimed for autistic people, but, is everyone who participates here actually autistic?
Because, I've read around and have seen many intelligent people with strong social skills, making detailed comments on various topics and quality posts, etc. They seriously don't sound like they have autism or anything.
Obviously I can't hear their voices through text, but still, that's the impression I'm getting.


This video is a good example of how someone with severe autism can be so different on the inside vs the outside. It shows how very intelligent Carly is and that she can make clever remarks and even socialize in a way. Yet without her ability to communicate through technology she would not be able to express herself in those ways whatsoever.

My autism is not quite as severe as Carly's, yet I am still fairly close to it in how I behave around others when they are talking to me.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a34qMg0aF6w