Some recent threads have allowed hate to be peddled without any serious objection. Statements like "I hope this vile scum suffers a painful and slow death. Hanging is too good for him" are examples of what I mean by hate. Although I am sure the mods want to discourage this, I'm quite surprised that even though a thread was taken down by two of the mods to be "cleaned up", the only posts removed were the couple that made personal insults to a member who tried to point out that these kind of comments were objectionable. Do you not feel that if this kind of language is not controlled, that it will soon get out of control? Or should this just fall under the principle of 'free speech' and be allowable?
My thoughts are that if these kind of hate-fuelled comments are not curtailed, then the site and all of its members are the ultimate losers. We are all demeaned by reading them, let alone when we allow ourselves to react and get sucked in to mindless 'discussions'.
Finally, I know that it is difficult for admin and the mods when disrespectful people become more influential on the site, particularly when members try to grab control of the site by attacking mod decisions and using subversive tactics to bring in a 'gang' mentality. But I feel the site will ultimately be judged by its courage and determination to abide by its vision of what it should be. I don't envy the difficulties involved and I wish it luck, but it will be interesting to see how this current struggle for power on the site is resolved.
And btw, I say all this because I care.