"Right" and "wrong" don't exist.
My perception is that we can either try to have a forum that is not filled with shit, or we can give up.
I address this as much to those who reply to some of the truly abysmal cases we've seen show up here recently as to those who bicker offtopic in threads.
It's not my board - it's the community's board. Time to decide what you want: shithole or function?
You intimate a difference between useless and useful bickering. I think the admin DOES recognize that there is such a thing as stimulating bickering, as long as it remains above the useless "nyaa nyaa" tone."Useful" bickering tends to make a board stay active. I appreciate this particular forum because the moderators don't shut people down too readily. Otherwise, a forum turns into what Metal Maniacs is today: completely biased, Semite-sucking shit.
As to "abysmal cases", I don't see half as many here as I do on a little-kiddie-scared-his-mommy-will-catch-him-onthe-no-no-forum shitcamp like fmp666.
I respect the fact that the admin here tends to voice its concerns on the board rather than shutting people down, or popping up with crybaby PMs. But I think all posters here RETURN here because this forum is freer than nearly all the others. As much as I enjoy the Metal Mayhem Forum, I sometimes have to turn to this one if I feel I'm being a bit overly restrained.
That written, I must thank the Admin here for allowing me to post more of my Fascistic threads on this board...it just shows you people are open minded.
I was going to pm the admin about this, but felt I'd be just as open as they are, and put it out in the open here, instead.