Originally Posted by Buckaholic
And thus, that's where there's a large philisophical difference, because many people see the problem as the failure to crack down on a problematic issue that has plagued many people. The fact that people are trying to keep these issues off the board as has been asked and yet they're still not being addressed has people frustrated, hence the private venting.
You are free to have a distaste for those that share the PM's publicly, but there very fact they haven't been answered or dealt with is the very reason that they're being used.
Again, I kept their identities out of this discussion because if they want to go on record, they will. I think that should have sufficed. But since this thread was to ask for concerns and problems with the board, I feel this is the time to use them as they are relavant to the discussion.
Beyond having a personal distaste for PMs being made public, it's been the long-standing policy on this board that such practice is verboten. Maybe that's being waved for this thread, but I do know it's been viewed dimly over the years.
I have a little more history with the "private venting" than you. Once upon a time I was "recruited" too. If people want to "vent" about how they don't like X, Y and Z in PMs, that's they're prerogative. Just like it's mine to consider that immensely petty, shallow behavior.
As far as I'm concerned, there is no "them" on this board. Clearly the people with whom you're commisserating hold a different view. Personally, I don't want to make the board "safe" for that mindset.