Originally Posted by PencilGeek
...kids from SoCal with a car bought with daddy's money...
LOL to the guy with 33 posts who said the moderators aren't active on this forum. Between babysitting the SoCal kids, spam, porno, idiotic threads posted in the wrong forum, inscrupulous vendors trying to scam people, and vendors posting in the non-vendor section -- I'd say we have our hands completely full. Besides, I'm of the mindset that we shouldn't really be deleting threads in the first place. Move them to the correct sections, but not deleting them. This forum is here for the public, it is not a moderated forum in the traditional sense (meaning every post and thread needs moderator approval). Therefore if somebody wants to start a thread about any topic (within reason), it's allowed.
I concur with this assessment and am a proponent of active post moderation.
I also share the OPs frustration as that has been my experience here as well. IMO things have deteriorated in a almost linear fashion since early June. The tone around here has changed; seems some of the intelligent posters have been driven off by the behavior of a few leaving a greater proportion of _____ posters in the remaining mix.
I find myself being put off by suggestions of violence against people/property; trolls who don't technically break forum rules but who goad and then play the victim; the "wolf pack" attack mode of a cluster of troublemaker "kids"; and again the general tone.
I still find a lot that's rewarding here but weeding through the ____ becomes tedious and not fun
. As some have said this may be part of the development path of any forum and this may just be a bad phase; I just hope we don't lose a lot of good folks going through it
Oh, and kudos to the mods; it's a tough and largely thankless job. I shudder to think of what it would be like without them!