I frankly don’t care is some people think my opinion is out of line. It is my opinion.
John no longer has the help that he once did.
The site has gone downhill...
...to the point where trollish behavior is being tolerated—routinely.
John clearly does not have the time or the will to keep the site up.
If he won’t appoint some help, maybe it is time for him to let go.
On an ironic side note: John has seen this thread. If it is truly out of line, and he has done nothing about it, wouldn’t that be evidence of the very assertion that I am making?
Anarchy does not work. Some level of governance is necessary. That is kind of one of the founding ideas of our nation.
since9 said:...Is the behavior actually "trollish?" Or are the so-called "trolls" merely angering you because they choose not to follow the course of your argument while insisting they're right and you're wrong...
Not all of the behavior is trolling. But much of it is. One of the trolls has admitted as much, twice! He has admitted that his intent is not to further discussion, but to stir up trouble—and has declared such to be “fun”.
The site is unquestionably dying. Participation here is probably about 1/20th what it was when I last participated—and a large portion of that participation is people deliberately trying to agitate, not discuss with, others.
I am just trying to get John to wake up and smell the troll coffee. Once he does that, I’ll go back to letting most of the jerk posts go by and just report the egregious trolling.
If he does not, I will keep pointing out a lot of the jerk and troll posts (except for most of the inane posts by the inane troll, for whom, in most cases, a reply would lend credibility to his inanity).
Don’t like what I am doing? Is what I am doing building a cottage in your own head? Then encourage John to either start moderating or appoint a moderator.
In lawless lands, your only recourse is to shoot back at those who shoot at you. Where there is law, you can count on most of those who would shoot at you having been stopped already (because of their past bad acts) by those charged with enforcement.
I prefer moderation to anarchy. However, if this be anarchy, I will make the most of it—while trying to participate in rational discussions where they are possible.
I leave it in John’s hands to choose between moderation and anarchy.
I don’t need authority. When a post replies to me or mentions me, I have the Right to address the post.
John was here moments ago. It seems that my reaction to the trolling is not giving him agita. But, neither is the trolling, so I will continue to call the trolling out.
BTW, don’t you see that your calling me out is
I wonder whether irony or hypocrisy is the correct word.