There's a vast difference between the kumaya/cream-o-wheat in the Lounge and "THE THREADS THAT WOULDN'T DIE!"
Isn't it possible to have SOMETHING SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN?
Sure. If a thread continues, "you're a homophobe" "no I'm not" "yes you are" infinity, we all know how stupid it is. The personal attacks are stupid and threads that switch to that are just plain dumb. It's unfortunate that some good threads get derailed too quickly by this tactic to try to shut someone up but we all can see how dumb it is and don't need someone pointing it out.
But only if you are a participant. Don't participate, don't become forum cop pointing out stupid,(yes, I have committed this offense and I call myself really stupid for doing it), just ignore it. Stupid eventually peters out .
i didn't participate (post) but was content to read along hoping to learn something
When the turd flinging would begin, it was pointless to read any further.
Still no worries... let them slug it out in the corner.
When it was dragged into just about every OTHER Thread it got irritating.
"My dog has fleas." "Prolly because your dog is a homophobe too!"
Hmmmmm... I don't see the problem myself. Today it's been rather tame in here.
Celandine: if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen... works for most of us. Best thing you can do sometimes is step away from the keyboard and get outside, find a change in perspective. All this is, when you come down to it, is a bunch of people tapping away from various points on the globe. Really wonderful on one level, but also pretty inconsequential on another. No one is creating toxic threads that are poisoning other threads - it's more a matter of us all reaching our own independent saturation levels. Get outside a bit and the levels climb down. Pretty simple.
Sounds to me like some unhappy participants in this thread are PMing or emailing the "boss". !!!! Hard to believe.
I think I read in a post something about ". . .just don't participate." I read a lot of posts threads etc. but don't participate.Seems like talking to some people is like talking to a brick wall. You KNOW they aren't going to change their opinion anyway.
I'm still here reading these forums so I guess I am still entertained by them. Good, bad or indifferent. Some really give me big laughs.
I agree that having persons with differing opinions is what keeps the place worth reading.
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