I’m noticing two points coming up frequently on a variety of threads and a few other people have mentioned it to me (some of us, including me, are very strong supporters of these two points).
In short, these 2 points, except in replying to questions on Brock, are generally more useful when commenting in Mainstream Media or basically anywhere that isn’t Brock. The points are:
(1) Advising people that non-compliance may be a viable option; and
(2) Some aspects of CBT/FATCA are not as frightening as they first seem.
On Brock, however,
(1) It’s pretty obvious at Brock that “non-compliance is an option and here’s why” and, at the least, it’s very obvious at Brock that “You gotta slow down, it’s not that bad, and do not do anything til you know what you’re doing.”
(2) Allaying fears and making sure people know all options are two core principles of Brock. As non-compliance is rarely covered in mainstream media, Brock’s informational posts and materials stress it, so it’s easy to find or stumble into.
(3) A newbie will quickly learn these 2 points on the more “practical” threads. Which is where people panicked with a practical CBT problem generally go to first.
(4) As people solve their own problems, they get more interested in broader (“thoughts and ideas”) posts. They get bored reading the same thing after a while.
(5) These 2 points are definitely very appropriate and a very efficient use of the commenter’s time, when brought up in reply to questions on Brock.
(1) These points tend to make medium- and long-term participants (generally those who are over the immediate panic stage) kind of bored. And it seems to keep discussion of the narrower topic of the post itself from developing. An author often writes a post on a specific CBT/FATCA topic as a tool for us to develop new thoughts on a certain aspect of CBT/FATCA.
(2) These two points, their message is loud and clear on Brock. Don’t stop mentioning them, but do it judiciously.
(3) Options and allaying fears definitely need much more publicity outside of Brock. Such comments are extremely beneficial there. [Tip: Don’t go “overboard” in allaying fears in Mainstream Media comments. We don’t want policy-makers thinking it’s a trivial matter or that it’s a piece of cake to “fake” citizenship or avoid FATCA. Not everyone can and things must change.]