Isn't that part of online forum culture though? It's not normal social life where you need to behave extra-politely all the time - especially if it's a thread discussing politics or a moral issue
In some ways it's similar to contact sport - in 'normal life' I wouldn't rugby tackle someone to the ground - but it's ok when you are playing rugby
Obviously, there are times when people go beyond the pale, but I have seen occasions where a poster has made an unsubstantiated, offensive comment, and then cried foul when someone has picked them up on it - especially when the picker-uperer is a bit more adept at the witty putdown
Personally, being trolled doesn't bother me - more often than not it just opens up a few possibilities to further explore the point I'm interested in
Threads are a battle of ideas at their best, and transcend one-on-one spats - there's an audience - if someone starts swearing and abusing me and calling me a 'dumb-ass' (the usual thing, haha), I assume that most of the audience will see that for what it is
I read and participate in Forumosa primarily as a form of casual entertainment - and good entertainment will usually contain an element of conflict. The question is, I suppose, where are the boundaries?