Originally Posted by klw
I had posted a concern on this earlier this morning on ORG in the Merger thread. My biggest concern at this point is that the threads are getting clogged with posts attacking the thread topic, the posters, or posts in a way which is not civil and is not contributing to the discussion overall. It makes the thread really unreadable. Even if we didn't need another thread on topic "X" or the topic may be fanciful, the criticism is not being handled well. I don't know a good solution but a number of the threads are getting unreadable (so I don't).
Thanks to Redeye for starting this thread.
I definitely hear this concern, and I confess to being one of the attackers (though I mostly try to do it with kid gloves). There are a few recent posters, though, who seem largely impervious to the responses they get from others, and so much so that calling them "trolls" doesn't seem to be a stretch. I wonder whether there is a better way to communicate our displeasure with people beyond blocking them or PM-ing them. Thing is, I am pretty sure this is not a personal issue -- it is a very public one, and it is about wasting public airtime despite countless negative responses from other members of the community. To me, that seems like more than just bad posting -- it seems like deliberate, antisocial behavior.