Behavior in this Forum
So I log in after work tonight, and what do I see? All out nonsense all across the Electric Forum. In all the years that I've been involved with this, I have never been more saddened by peoples' actions than I am now.
I see users posting off-topic threads in here all over the place. Users who know better.
I see users jumping at the chance to make the first joke at somebody else's expense in nearly EVERY thread they post in.
I see users attacking others with no good reason, and often without merit.
And I see users using the topical threads here for instant messaging--one line messages full of smiles, icons, and other junk that adds nothing to the discussion.
You are all better than this.
I built this site on the idea that it would not be over-moderated like some other message forums out there. People should be able (and are able) to post whatever they feel like, provided it is in the correct area and does not disparage somebody else. In the past, I have always relied on everybody's good sense and judgement to take care of the place, but lately it seems that much of that good sense has evaporated.
I am not planning to change anything, but I do ask that EVERYBODY here consider a few things:
(a) Stop using profanity. I don't care who you are or how upset you are or want to sound. I can't read every post on here, so yes I probably miss a lot of it, but there's just no reason for it.
(b) Stop acting like you own the place. When a rookie or less knowledgeable user posts a question, the first response lately always seems to be some sort of joke at their expense. This needs to stop. We were all beginners at one time or another, and no matter how smart you think you are, there is always somebody smarter. If you disagree with somebody, there are thousands of polite and productive ways to address it.
(c) Stop feeding the trolls. Today, for example, somebody posted a message criticizing a well known driver. It sounds like he blew the thing way out of proportion, but thanks to many of our members, it is CERTAINLY now out of proportion. Some responded with intelligence, but most responded just for the sake of responding, and to take a cheap shot at somebody. This is just stupid.
(d) Be more respectful of this site and everybody on it. You are given free access here to do whatever you want, so show a little respect. If you know a post contains nothing useful, don't post it. If you are just planning to rip on a car/product/thread/person with no merit, refrain from posting it. Say you think I'm a retard; send a PM to all your friends about what a retard I am, don't start a thread about it.
I can't force anybody to do anything or behave in a particular way, but I am certainly hopeful that people will choose to. The more clutter and nonsense goes on here, the worse off we will all be.
I have nothing else to say, it's all here.