Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
Think about it like this. The Reds win 55% of the games or so over the long haul. The remarks on game threads should therefore be about 55% positive considering the state of the team.
By my estimates, they are about 99.999999% negative. The game threads are at this point (and have been for years) a place to go dump on the Reds. I tired of it years ago. And the few times I go, I usually get myself in trouble and can't bite my tongue. It's beyond horrible I have no idea why anyone chooses to participate routinely unless they are into snuff material. I can't say I participate much anymore and have no idea what has been said recently.
It's pretty bad indeed.
The thing is, I don't think anyone is against criticism. I think what people are making a distinction between is being critical and being constantly negative and overreacting to everything.
If people post out of frustration without stopping to gather their thoughts, they're not really critiquing, they're just venting. If one stops after something happens and thinks about what they want to say in a rational manner, and then hits the <enter> button, there might be some disagreement about what is said, but it's more likely to be sincere rather than emotional.
My question is why do any of us have to post the first emotion that pops into our head during a baseball game? Shouldn't we be able to hold off for an extra few seconds to think through what we're typing? I imagine if people are having face to face conversations during a game or just in general, they don't blurt out the first thing that pops into their head. I just haven't been able to understand why sitting in front of a keyboard should be any different.