I realise there’s another post directed specifically at the mods, but I’d just like to say “thank you” to all of you who participate here for keeping the standards high.
I occasionally post on a health-related BBS for British people, and the atmosphere is radically different. On forumosa, it’s possible to have intelligent debates without (generally speaking) the whole thing descending into fingerpointing and shouting. Even when people disagree radically, nobody storms off in a huff or dissolves into floods of tears.
Contrast that with the UK site, where most of the discussion is bland to the point of inanity. Anyone who posts a slightly contentious remark is pounced upon for being ‘unsupportive’, or ‘offensive’ (I’m not referring to myself in particular - I’ve seen it happen to several of the regulars). A good fraction of the members are, not to put too fine a point on it, a bit simple. Some of them can’t string a sentence together or express themselves clearly. Some of them are nutcases: they’ll come and ask a question and then get mortally offended when someone offers an answer that doesn’t confirm their opinions. This usually results in the entire thread being deleted by the mods, who pander to the lowest common denominator, ostensibly in the interests of keeping the peace.
So yeah. Thanks for being normal people. Forumosa reminds me that not everyone on the planet is a drooling idiot, trawling cyberspace for something to be offended by.