I agree with MrCRskater. There is a huge difference between engaging a topic, disagreeing with someone and just putting down their opinions/ideas. I'm reminded of this thread
, which, if I recall correctly, is required reading before posting anything.
dWhisper wrote:First, don’t disparage other members on the boards. That means no name calling, snide posts, or sarcastic responses.
I'd have to say, both onions and draykov's responses have been far more disparaging, snide, and sarcastic than I would expect from the mods/admins. Isn't it you guys job to not only enforce the rules but to lead by example? When some viewers (particularly younger ones) see you guys behaving this way, they think that makes it OK for them to do the same.
dWhisper wrote:Here’s the problem with a public attack… the person who makes the jab always, absolutely always, looks worse than the person they’re correcting.
While I do agree that the picture in question here wasn't the greatest picture ever posted and really didn't add much to the thread, onions still comes off as a jerk in posting it the way he did. No, you don't have to be all "roses and butterflys" in your response, but calling another member's contributions "worthless" isn't going to endure you to them, either. It's not your opinion I have a problem with, it's how you chose to express it.
When we transitioned to the new FBTB, I noticed a marked improvement in "hospitableness" from some of the well-known "sarcastic jerks" such as Don and dWhisper. I assumed this was largely due to the administrator's (read: onions) intervention. I've actually found dWhisper's reformance to be quite amazing, given the MOD I used to know him to be. So it saddens me when I see the administration reverting back to old ways, because I know the trickle-down effect it will have.
I know that it's your site, onions, and that you certainly have the "right" to post however you choose. But you also have to realize that, much like any other leader, you're held to a higher standard than everyone else and your actions and posts will directly affect the direction of these forums. So in the end, you just have to ask yourself what kind of board you want to cultivate: the kind that's snide, sarcastic, and uninviting to newcomers; or the kind that welcomes them and is gentle and forgiving of their mistakes.
And yes, I know this is a bit of "the pot calling the kettle black," but I'll tell you what, if I promise to work on it and try not to always be so ornery, would you be willing to do the same?