Maria wrote:When recently many of our neighbours held our local annual new year celebration the Forum came up on the conversation. Except from me, the consensus was that it was a total waste of time where negative, aggressive, hostile, and/or provocative opinions are not so much discussed as thrown at each other
I've been thinking about this quite a bit. Maria's neighbours are quite correct in their assesment - I mean I could usefully counter that the vast majority of posts on the forum don't conform to the above, but absolutely many do.
I've tried to react to some of the points raised in this thread, and I've changed my approach to this forum accordingly. Interestingly it hasn't stopped the personal nature of some of the responses. So much so that I'm wondering if it isn't so much how you say something that prompts 'negative' and 'hostile' replies but what you say.
Which is a little more worrying - and something that is increasingly reflected in wider society.
Having said that, I've still got work to do to become a completely reformed character - I still imply a contempt for whole swathes of society too often to be seemly; (not so much a lack of love for my brother/sister humanity but an attempt to define myself against) but it's work in progress .