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fj12ryder

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Posted: 07/17/22 07:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

DallasSteve wrote:

I may be wrong but it seemed like the personal attacks in posts here increased a lot during the Covid-19 panic of 2020 with people getting very emotional over their opinion on that subject. I won't comment further to not stir up that hornet's nest.


And the attacks are not limited to new members. For the first time ever after all my years here I've had to block someone. I'm now considering adding another person to that block. It makes me wary of offering help to other members.
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Posted: 07/17/22 08:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^^Agree with above, no need to block anyone. Just continue posting, bite back if bitten, or ignore! [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/17/22 11:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

^^Agree with above, no need to block anyone. Just continue posting, bite back if bitten, or ignore! [emoticon]

Jerry


Sorry, but I have to vote for ignore. When a thread digresses into two people bickering back and forth about minutiae (and that happens far too often) it not only makes me leave the thread, but I usually get so frustrated I stay away from the forum for a few weeks.

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Posted: 07/17/22 11:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have gotten out of the habit of checking here, probably due to Facebook, but my login still works. This is still the best place to find good info, IMHO.


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pianotuna wrote:

DallasSteve wrote:

I may be wrong but it seemed like the personal attacks in posts here increased a lot during the Covid-19 panic of 2020 with people getting very emotional over their opinion on that subject. I won't comment further to not stir up that hornet's nest.


And the attacks are not limited to new members. For the first time ever after all my years here I've had to block someone. I'm now considering adding another person to that block. It makes me wary of offering help to other members.


I've been back and forth on replying to this topic. I usually just let the few that want to squabble go ahead and squabble. But really Don, I can't remember you ever posting something that would get anybody riled up.

I will say though that until a few years ago I had never blocked anybody. But I finally got tired of reading a forum members posts and blocked them.

Somebody told me a few years ago that we're now dealing with the "Outrage" generation and it seems to hold true. it seems nowadays that people are just looking for any minute transgression to be outraged about.


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Posted: 07/20/22 01:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's a whole lot less outrage here than on other forums I've been to, so I'll stay here. Folks do still tend to provide decent information and advice here, the occasional ranter notwithstanding.


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Posted: 07/20/22 02:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where have all the members gone?

Like much of the internet, all the groups are increasingly toxic. The people who get downright gleeful when someone has a problem. The people who either respond without reading the entire post or deliberately "misread" the post. The people who think there is only one way (their way) of RVing. The "word police" who flake out if you use a term "incorrectly" (ie: calling parking overnight in a parking lot "boondocking", despite it being called that for decades or calling staying in a campground or RV Park "camping" when they aren't in a tent). The "parking lot police" who insist on having "rules" (there aren't any) for how they think someone should behave when staying overnight in a parking lot. The people who think someone who stays in a parking lot overnight instead of a $30 per night campground/rv park is a less than desirable human. The people who think one's choice of camping or RVing shelter makes them more or less of a desirable human. These are the toxic people who are not worth the time. Some of these people are moderators of the various forums. They are all over the internet. Read some campground/rv park reviews. You can see their handiwork there too. "Be like me and do things the way I do them or you're WRONG."

According to a book I read somewhat recently, these toxic people should be avoided.

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Posted: 07/20/22 04:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You really must be a newcomer to online forums/newsgroups. [emoticon] The behavior you're describing has been a part of the online exchange for about as long as the whole thing has been around. Any time you get a disparate group of people talking together you'll have the same thing happen if they talk long enough.

Some of the forums I'm on get a little too nice-nice at times: "C'mon now, everybody get along, no acting out, be nice to everyone...even if they're a doofus". Sometimes all the sweetness and nicey-nice is too much for my system. [emoticon]

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Way back in the days of Fight-O-Net (Fidonet) and Compusplurge, essentially the first digital "group" communities, we had the same antisocial behavior. Nothing new, good groups and bad groups. Nothing to see here.


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Posted: 07/21/22 12:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dropped by today for the first time in a long time.
Pretty much left because of snarky answers t my questions but mostly because of heavy handed censorship.
When I see moderators censor comments of people they just disagree with I’m reminded of that old truth…”where everyone thinks the same no one thinks very much!”


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