PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU POST! Issues to be addressed
Everything started going a lot better after we made a concerted effort to play nicer in here around election time....but things have been going downhill again recently. We need to stop that now before things get out of control. So here are a few issues that I have noticed or have been brought up recently:
Cheap shots: Last year, there were many blatant insults and it was easy to discern personal attacks and deal with them. Everyone did tone it down, which is appreciated, but several of you are taking cheap shots that push the limit of what is allowed and what is an insult. This needs to stop. There doesn't need to be any questioning someone's intelligence, name calling of any kind, whether vulgar or not, or any kind of personal insult, no matter how weak. If you disagree with them, say so, tell them why, and feel free to debate, but debating doesn't include attacking someone's intelligence, character, or reputation.
This includes attacks on Mike. Everyone gets it, he left and then came back...it's old news and making comments about it is getting really old and annoying. And just because he's the owner doesn't mean you can take shots at him that you wouldn't at another member. As with everything else, if you want to debate, debate...but stop with the childish cheap shots at him.
You can say what you want about public figures and anyone not on this board, as long as it's not vulgar or is not a blanket statement that includes members (ie liberals/conservatives, Democrats/Republicans). But if the person is a member, keep it civil.
Thread hijacking: This is getting popular again. It's really, really simple: If you have something relevant to add to the topic that is on-topic, post it...if you're going to refer to another thread or take a cheap shot or say something like "Bush did it first," don't bother. If you're not going to stay on-topic and add something constructive to the conversation, save your breath.
Language filter: The language filter is there for a reason...if you type a filtered word with symbols or in any other way to go around the filter, it's against the rules and will be addressed. I don't see why that's so hard for some to understand....
This isn't a specific issue like the above, just something general that just bugs me. Almost everyone in here complains about how politics and politicians today are just partisan bickering and insults thrown at each other and "playing politics" and no one is actually trying to do what's good for the people. And then they turn around and do exactly the same thing in the P&R forum. If you're tired of the things politicians do, why do you do it yourself? If the bickering and insults in national politics tick you off, why do you do it in the P&R forum? I think most of us want out politicians to be productive, hold constructive debate on issues, address the appropriate issues instead of pointing fingers and slinging mud...then why don't you do it too?
I've watched thread traffic recently and noticed something...not surprising at all, but very telling. I try to post threads about political and religious world events and issues...for the most part, they get little to no attention. The threads that get the most posts are the ones that start a liberal/conservative or Republican/Democrat or religious/non-religious argument. Just like the national and international scene...everyone wants to play politics and fight with each other, but no one cares about actually addressing the issues.
I'm not going to ask you to change that, everyone is free to participate in politics however they want. Just think about it...if you're tired of seeing out representatives in government do it, why are you doing it yourself?
Anyway, I think that's it for now...just try to be better behaved in general. I know things get heated, I know people say things you disagree with or think are outright dumb, I know you think you know the answers and the other side has no clue...we all do! But when you're going to post, just stick to the topic, respect each other's beliefs and opinions, and leave out all the useless fighting, bickering, jabs, cheap shots, insults, etc. I know it's hard sometimes, believe me, I could probably write a book with the things I've wanted to post but didn't. Just make a conscious effort to do better and you'll see this place get a lot better and be a lot more fun.