Originally Posted by MrG
Asking as one of the moderators down there, do you think this is something that can be solved with moderation? I mean, DT hasn't always sucked, and I can't help but wonder if the fact that it was pretty much abandoned by the mods for awhile has let it devolve. Do you think it could be upgraded back to "dive bar" status if some ground rules were set? For example, "we accept a fair amount of idiocy, but xxxxx is where we draw the line" could be made clear, and create an environment that is still kind of insane but not quite as bad as it has gotten.
as a person who spends a fair amount of time in DT, i am not sure that such a line can be drawn. i think as a mod (you, not me), you will find it necessary to be active in that subforum on a regular basis, and try your best to objectively decide where a poster has said or done something that is beyond the pale.
i have taken a fair amount of shit in my day. some deserved, some not, imo. and still, i do not agree with the sentiment that DT should be trashed. if you really dont like it, dont go into it. aside from some minimal DT to CE or GC crossover, i dont find that people who keep their noses out of DT get any kind of shit thrown their way.
regarding DT sucking, i think a lot of that has to do with creativity, and peoples mood, and weather or not they find the time to be active there. there are days or weeks when its great, and other times just as lengthy, if not more, where its a royal bore or shitstorm. not to mention, there is a vast chasm in the type of humor that the different types of posters there enjoy. at its best, there are topics there that all constituents can enjoy, and its a great time. at its worst its, well, i think we have all seen that. as i said earlier, the more real effort that people attempt to put in there, the better it will be.
just my opinion.