Or, Shitbirds On Parade!
OK, this is an experiment in consensual self-governance, aka the inmates run the asylum now and even crazy people need a place to blow off steam.
So as all us old-timers know, the old Bananas and Nuts thread, once upon a time, was the only place that bans could be discussed. That thread devolved into mud-slinging of the first order, resulting in general complaints to Tom Chick, erstwhile moderator of this board. So we entered the Phase of Silence, in which all ban discussion had to go straight to Tom.
This appeared to be rather like screwing down the lid of a pressure cooker for certain hotheaded individuals, resulting in the atomic steam explosion of the (current, as I write this) “Avatars?” thread, truly a thread that will live in infamy. As a result of that, Tom evidently decided he was too personally involved, and is taking a break from being the living room moderator.
So now if there’s gonna be any law around here, we’re gonna have to make it ourselves.
One thing I think we damn near all agree on is that there are two topics on any forum: 1) what idiots some other forum members are, and 2) everything else. The old Bananas and Nuts thread, and the new Avatars? thread, are examples of topic #1.
I think we might also be able to mostly agree that topic #1 deserves its own thread, and that when people start bashing each other, they should go get a room – in that thread.
I’m proposing this thread for that exact purpose. In the name of keeping all the interpersonal flaming (not the on-topic flaming but the pure person-to-person flaming), forum drama, ban debates, clique-finger-pointing, and just general shitbirdery in one place, I’m going to suggest a new informal Qt3 policy:
If you are flaming other forum members because of who they are – especially if you are cross-linking between threads, going off topic for the current thread, or talking about who should or shouldn’t be banned – then please move the discussion over here, so whatever thread you were in can stay on topic.
I have no idea whether this will work. Frankly, I doubt it. But I do know it is an experiment worth trying. The “Avatars?” thread gets grandfathered in for this purpose, but I suspect it might outlive its welcome in the Games thread, plus Bananas and Nuts was too good to die forever.
For the record, my main goal here is to un-shit the rest of Quarter to Three by trying to get all the drama in one place. Nature abhors a vacuum, and better for there to be one cauldron of bilious vitriol than for it to be everywhere all over everything.
And to make sure things get off on the right foot, here’s this fine, FINE image from BillD:
(p.s. Yes, it is logical to presume that shitbirds have shit bonerz.)